Lionel Messi: traitor to some, genius to all and carrying the heaviest burden

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Some in Argentina revel in the joy he brings, others feel he lacks emotional attachment to his country. Can Messi take surely his final chance to win the World Cup?

“Whenever I have trouble sleeping, I find Messi’s goals on YouTube and watch them on a loop,” the acclaimed Argentinian film-maker Lucrecia Martel said recently. Asked whether they sent her to sleep she said: “They give me peace; I recover faith.”

Many Argentinians derive faith from watching Lionel Messi play: “Messi is the first genius of the 21st century,” Jorge Valdano tells me, “and the last bridge between the street and the academy. If for Maradona the ball was a musical instrument, for Messi it’s a tool which he utilises with a stunning sense of efficacy.”

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Written by Marcela Mora y Araujo
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2018/jun/15/lionel-messi-argentina-world-cup-final-chance-win under the title “Lionel Messi: traitor to some, genius to all and carrying the heaviest burden”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.