Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli speaks on Messi's retirement

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli speaks on Messi's retirement

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Messi, the five-time Federation Internationale de Football Association player of the year, has struggled from the spot in some crucial moments.

In 2016 he retired from worldwide duty after Argentina's Copa America final defeat by Chile, only to reverse his decision weeks later. "If you have players like Messi, it's the coach's job to organise the team around them, to take advantage of their fantastic skills".

"A tip of the hat to Iceland, a small country with 350,000 residents and a huge team", Liberman added.

But the Icelanders revel in their underdog status and showed at Euro 2016 they will not be cowed on the big stage. "Obviously it hurts me to have missed the penalty", Messi said after the match.

"I think the Argentinians felt a bit frustrated that they weren't getting through and it was important we equalized so quickly".

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"It was an uncomfortable match because Iceland were playing very defensively, blocking all spaces". We all remember the 2002 shock result as Senegal beat Les Bleus in the opening game of the tournament. Messi just looked like a man upset.

Obviously, Messi's record over the years speaks for itself, and one disappointing game - in which he did not play that badly in at all - will certainly not impact his legacy.

Sampaoli said that Argentina started slowly and wasted too much time passing the ball around innocuously in midfield - although he may have played a part in that by fielding two defensive players, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia, in front of the defence.

To further compound their problems, goalkeeper Sergio Romero and midfielder Manuel Lanzini both fell victim to late injuries.

Argentina picked up a 6-0 win over Serbia and Montenegro and Messi put in the contest's final goal in the 88th minute.

"He can carry the team on his shoulders", Sampaoli said of the player who scored 45 goals in 54 games for Barcelona this season.

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