Lionel Messi and Argentina are on the brink of World Cup elimination after getting systematically dismantled by a hungrier Croatian team, 3-0. Messi, who is arguably the best player on the planet, stained his World Cup legacy by appearing wholly disengaged in his team’s drubbing. For perspective, Messi has started a combined 42 games for club and country since the start of the 2017-2018 season and has only twice registered just one shot or fewer. To add insult to injury, Messi’s nemesis, Cristiano Ronaldo, currently leads the World Cup with four goals in two wins for Portugal.
In Messi’s defense, a mind-boggling error from Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero broke a 0-0 tie in the 52nd minute, and Croatia wouldn’t look back.
Argentina, who looks to have the chemistry of a bad first Tinder date, will need a lot of help to escape Group D. It’s safe to say that Twitter has already dig Argentina’s grave.
Messi needs to score 9 goals against Nigeria on Tuesday to right this wrong.