"we have to surround him with players of quality, like in Barcelona", the Argentines repeated this sentence every time a play like in the attached image was replicated in a meeting of Argentina's national team.
in Anfield, once again, Messi was left alone. the Barcelona that played the match was confident with their advantage, played even wider than usual instead of joining players to play short and continue the plays. the main characteristic of Messi is collective, its formation, its core, has to do with connections, although he can sometimes decide the games for himself with genius-level-individual plays.
when Barcelona loses, Messi plays terrible. at least that's the dogma that runs for the critics. along with the poor offensive density he managed to create assists between lines, generate dangerous shots, and above all, look for something more than what his team was giving. but on the other side was Alisson, and we must also recognize it.
it is not a text in his defense, it is to say that for quite a few seasons he is the one who gives his face in each elimination and the criticism he's facing is unfair to say the least and people forget all of his achievements and how he's the only who performs at the higher level when the stakes are the highest.
if someone is not agreeing with this statement, look for statistics as a complement. how many goals and assists he has and how many generated the rest of his team not judging the tournament he was playing as in Barcelona and Argentina you're going to get the same results.
it is clear that Leo is going to ask for more, but there are also limits, one of them is that football is a sport where everyone has ten other players. if we do not start from there we will be complicated.