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Former US President Barack Obama Offers Advice To Lionel Messi

Former US President Barack Obama Offers Advice To Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has won ALMOST everything there is to win in world football.

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But when it comes to his time on the international stage, some believe the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has 'struggled' to make a impact with Argentina.

The 31-year-old may be the countries all-time top goalscorer, leading his team to three consecutive finals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but that isn't good enough for some, who believe he should have a World Cup under his belt if he wants to be considered the greatest ever.

Argentina have failed to win the World Cup in recent times, despite coming so close in 2014, and former US president Barack Obama reckons it is because they don't play as a team.

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Image: PA

Just like the classic 'Ronaldo vs Messi' argument, many people have their own opinion on the matter, and Obama has entered the discussion with an insightful piece of advice:

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"Even people that we consider geniuses work with other people in order to develop their style," he said at the EXMA Conference in Bogota.

"In Argentina, even though Messi is wonderful, they have problems winning the World Cup,

"My advice to young people is that we have to recognise very few people achieve great things on their own."

Image: PA
Image: PA

Argentina are currently preparing for next month's Copa America, where they have been drawn in Group B alongside Colombia, Paraguay and Qatar, but can Messi and co. pick up some silverware in Brazil?

Former Argentina striker Mario Kempes believes the Barcelona forward won't be able to win it on his own.

"Messi on his own can't win you championships," he said on Radio MARCA.

"He can win you matches and get you closer to a final, but not everything."


Thoughts on Lionel Messi's international career? Is his 'failures' at international level ultimately down to his teammates, or does he have himself to blame?

Let us know in the comments.

Topics: Football News, News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Argentina, Copa America, La Liga, US

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

 

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