The blame for Argentina’s poor World Cup qualifying performances lies with the team.
That’s according to Lionel Messi, the Barcelona forward whose own form for his country is now under intense scrutiny.
Messi is clearly reluctant to take the blame for a dismal run of form which has left Argentina on the verge of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.
“I'm not going to win a game by myself,” Messi told Spain's Radio 2. “It's the responsibility of everyone on the team,” the diminutive striker said in an AP report for USA Today.
Messi also had words of praise for beleaguered coach Diego Maradona.
“My personal and professional relationship with Maradona is tremendous,” he said. “Not just with me, but with everybody. Working with Maradona, it's impressive to see how he treats his players.”
Now Argentina waits to see if Messi and Maradona can end qualifying with wins against Peru and Uruguay. Anything less than victory in both games could see them facing an ignominious play off against the fourth placed team in the North, Central America and Caribbean group.