Messi was subtly criticized by a sector of the press

Messi was subtly criticized by a sector of the press after Argentina’s defeat against Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi in the debut with Argentina’s defeat against Saudi Arabia.

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This Tuesday, the Argentina team made its official debut in the World Cup against its Saudi Arabia counterpart at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar and suffered an unexpected defeat by a score of 1-2. Despite having scored the albiceleste goal, Lionel Messi was the epicenter of criticism from a sector of the press.

Local newspapers such as Olé or La Nación questioned the star despite having been the author of the albiceleste goal. “The 10 did not know how to change the face of the selection”; “Messi, with his heart in his hand, his legs drooping and his spirits broken”, were some of the comments that summed up the attacker’s performance.

However, the international media also echoed this historic result and used the South American striker in most of their headlines. “Argentina, world disaster: Arabia immediately makes Messi cry”, was the cover of Sport Mediaset.

Another Italian media such as La Gazzetta dello Sport stated that the defeat “complicates the path to qualifying for the round of 16”.

“Argentina collapse: Saudi Arabia comes back and beats Messi in his debut,” they headlined.

British tabloids such as the Mirror or The Sun were not far behind in the face of this fact. The former commented that the result was “one of the biggest surprises in the history of the World Cup”.

While Sun went further and asserted that ‘La Pulga’ failed. “Lionel Messi fails in major World Cup shock as favorites suffer first defeat in three years.”

Likewise, the newspaper L’Equipe indicated that Saudi Arabia “overthrew” Argentina, which had gone 36 games without losing. While Le Parisien catalog the fact as a “feat”.

Three years and four months was the time the albiceleste team lasted undefeated. His last defeat dates back to 2019 in the Copa América against Brazil. The South Americans are one of the favorite teams to win this ecumenical tournament, which forces them to win the next match against Mexico in Group C.

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