I don’t want to compare Lionel Messi’s ankle yesterday with Diego Armando Maradona’s at the 1990 World Cup in Italy. I don’t feel like getting into that endless confrontation, which also tends to elevate one and minimize the other. It is not my goal.
However, I do want to highlight the leadership that the 34-year-old star from Rosario has acquired, especially since the Copa América in Brazil 2019, in aspects that are not directly related to football: I mean substance in a good way , to the active participation with the referees and with the rivals, which in the long run end up serving to not miss any detail that could harm the Argentine National Team.
What will those who, since Alejandro Sabella gave him the tape to get used to, will say now, they destroyed him for being “mute”, for not having the personality to be the most representative player of the selected team?
What will they think about yesterday’s demonstration in the semifinals of the Copa América 2021 against Colombia, where Frank Fabra almost broke his ankle and, totally bloody, continued playing knowing his determination in the team and forgot his pain to do suffer the rival defense with their runs?
What opinion will those who, like us, fans of “10” have from the first hour, saw from their televisions how the “Flea” died of pain at each kick but inside he said to himself “I continued a little longer, Leo, you can’t go out now, hold the pain”?
Messi does not need to show anyone why he is a good captain, why the tape does not weigh on him. He has already been exhibiting it since he put on the shirt of the national team rejecting the Spanish and since they gave him the privilege of being the leader.
Nor did he need to sing the anthem to appear more Argentine, or insult the referees and CONMEBOL to show how nationalist he is. He did it because it came from his heart, because it came from his soul, because he felt it that way.
Messi shows every week why he is the best of all of us, and with that it is enough and more than enough. At 34 he is the most decisive player in the Copa América and is the best captain we could have had at this time. Let no one dare to continue discussing it. Don’t waste your time.