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#pounditTuesday, May 30, 2023

Twitter reacts to Lionel Messi, Argentina choking in World Cup

Argentina were considered one of the favorites to win the 2018 World Cup, but they will need help to even advance to the knockout stages after they were dominated by Croatia on Thursday.

After they played to a surprising 1-1 draw against Iceland in their first match on Saturday, Argentina were completely outclassed by Croatia. Lionel Messi, widely believed to the world’s best player, was basically a non-factor and Argentina had minimal scoring opportunities. The end result was a 3-0 shutout.

In order to avoid a shocking early exit, Argentina will need to beat Nigeria on Tuesday and have Nigeria win or tie against Iceland on Friday. No one expected Messi’s team to be in this situation, and that was evident based on how the Twitterverse reacted:

The debate over who the best player in the world is usually centers around Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Ronaldo happens to have four goals thus far in the World Cup. Fans aren’t letting Messi forget about that.

Croatia jumped out to a 1-0 lead early in the second half thanks to the worst goalkeeping blunder we have seen in the World Cup, but they deserve all the credit for dominating Arengtina and holding Messi in check. There’s a reason we had Croatia near the top of our list of teams who could surprise in the 2018 World Cup.

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