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Argentina Legend Ruggeri: Messi Should Ditch Barca To Focus On World Cup

Argentina Legend Ruggeri: Messi Should Ditch Barca To Focus On World Cup

Former Argentina defender Oscar Ruggeri has told Lionel Messi to stop playing  for Spanish giants Barcelona and focus more on having a successful World Cup campaign with La Albiceleste.

Messi has enjoyed a successful career with Barcelona with whom he has won several titles  and individual honours but is yet to lay his hands on the coveted World Cup trophy.


The 30-year-old came close to winning it four years ago in Brazil but Argentina fell to  a 1-0 loss to Germany in the final.

Barcelona have little to play for in the remaining part of the campaign as they have almost won the La Liga title and are out of the Champions League.

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“Do you think Barcelona will lose the Spanish championship if Messi doesn’t play again?” Ruggeri, who played a key role in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning squad, told 90 Minutes Fox.

“Messi can call the Barcelona president and tell him ‘this is my World Cup; I’m going to dedicate myself to the national team’.”

Ruggeri also suggested that the mercurial forward should be giving his full support to Argentina boss Jorge Sampaoli by prioritising events in Russia this summer.

“He [Messi] must also call the national team coach and tell him that he is going to be completely concentrated on the World Cup,” he added.

“Before Mexico 1986 we had 65 days to focus, 65 days before the World Cup we were all together.

“What do you think the rest of the players are going to do if Messi goes to focus with the coach?”

The South Americans are in Group D along with Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland.

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  • Djeniko 3 years ago

    This guy should listen to what he is saying. In his playing days, was that what normally does? So why advise Messi to play trouncy. Even Maradona did not do such silly thing you are advising Messi to do. By the way, come to think of it, is it only Messi that is the Argentina team? Others need to play trouncy to train with him to blend. This guy should use his brain. So if Barca allow him to go as suggested by this so call legend, what will he be doing without the other players. Just rest or go to the field in his village and be running or train with one local team. Does the whole of South America have a better team to train with than Barca? Finally what guaranty does this suggestion have that Argentina will even cross the group stage how much more carry the cup. This is just an unnecessarily placing more pressure on Messi. Wetin sef.