Thursday, March 29, 2018

Injured Messi Slammed Over Argentina Absence

Lionel Messi may be nursing a niggling hamstring problem, but Argentina legend Hugo Gatti claims Cristiano Ronaldo would have played through the pain.

Barcelona’s superstar forward sat out both of his nation’s fixtures during the international break, playing no part in a 2-0 victory over Italy or a 6-1 defeat to Spain.

Jorge Sampaoli admitted that his side had been “slapped” during a forgettable night in Madrid , with Messi forced to watch on from the stands at Wanda Metropolitano before leaving the contest early.

The man nicknamed 'El Loco' during his playing days told El Chiringuito TV while reflecting on a demoralising demolition at the hands of Spain: “Messi had to have played.

“People wanted to see you.

“Cristiano would have done it.”

Boca Juniors icon Gatti, who earned 18 caps for Argentina and made their squad for the 1966 World Cup, also believes that too much emphasis is being placed on Messi’s role for Albiceleste.

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