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Lionel Messi agrees that he could still perform better when playing for Argentina’s national team
However, he believes that he should not carry the full responsibility for their underachievement in the past two World Cups.
Despite continuing a stellar career at club level for Barcelona, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner has found it difficult to translate it to the international stage, and he knows there is always room for improvement.
“I knew I didn’t play well for Argentina but I wasn’t the only one,” the 25-year-old revealed.
The forward revealed what he believed went wrong in their failures in the 2006 and 2010 competition, and admitted he was heartbroken when he exited the tournaments.
“I cried many times. In the 2006 World Cup Argentina had played so well and lost to Germany on penalties. In 2010 obviously the same thing happened. Yes I cried, but the whole team cried.
“I’m my No.1 critic. Whether I play well or badly I am hot-headed. I get angry because I never want to lose.
“I knew I was not giving my best but I was the first to want to play well.”