Lionel Messi has revealed that he will never get over Argentina’s defeat at the World Cup final.
Germany beat Argentina at the World Cup in Brazil in the summer thanks to Mario Gotze’s extra-time winning goal. And Messi has admitted that he and his fellow Argentina teammates will always regret the fact that they reached the World Cup final only to be defeated by Germany.
Goal have reported that after Lionel Messi was recently shown clips from the 2014 World Cup during an interview with FIFA, the Barcelona forward admitted that he was still riddled with regret over the game.
“What can I say? It’s a pity, we had so many good chances to win the game. We had the better chances and we’ll regret the chances we had but couldn’t score for the rest of our lives.”
Lionel Messi’s early performances during the tournament received acclaim as he scored numerous goals to inspire Argentina to the knock-out stages.
However, his influence in the competition waned and he was criticized for failing to excel in the latter stages. In fact, when he was awarded the Golden Ball for being the World Cup’s best player, it was met with widespread criticism by soccer fans and experts alike.
Lionel Messi was inspirational as Barcelona defeated Athletic Bilbao 5-2 on Sunday. This meant that they are now just one point behind Real Madrid, who were embarrassingly beaten 4-0 by their cross-city rivals, Atletico Madrid.
Messi gave Barcelona the lead during the contest with his 33rd goal of the season, and he then had a hand in each of Barcelona’s next four goals, too.
Lionel Messi gave Barcelona the lead in the 15th minute, before Luis Suarez added a second just 11 minutes later. Bilbao forced their way back into the contest in the second half thanks to Rico Moreno’s goal.
But a De Marcos own goal and Neymar’s strike made it 4-1 before Aduriz scored a consolation for Bilbao. Pedro then rounded off Barcelona’s victory with an 86th minute goal.
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