Messi said he has not always performed to the best of his ability for Argentina, but refuses to take full responsibility for the national team’s underachievement at the last two World Cups.
“I knew I didn’t play well for Argentina, but I wasn’t the only one,” the 25-year-old told The Sun. However, he rejected taking all the blame for Argentina failing to fulfill their potential at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups. “The whole team was not performing. People and the media wanted me to go out and win games on my own but this has never happened.
“I cried many times. In 2006 (World Cup) Argentina played well but lost to Germany on penalties. In 2010 the same thing happened. “I am my No 1 critic. I knew I was not giving my best but I was the first to want to play well.”