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Lionel Messi can’t win the World Cup by himself, says Crespo

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Lionel Messi may be a “phenomenon” but he can’t win the World Cup all by himself, according to former striker Hernan Crespo.

The Barcelona star missed a penalty in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Iceland in a tough opening game for Jorge Sampaoli’s side.

Messi said after the match he was “angry and hurt” but Crespo says that while he was not at his best he needs help from his team-mates.

“Let’s start with a fact: Messi deserves a five [for his performance],” Crespo told

”Of course, we expect more from him, but Messi is not Maradona, alone he does not win a World Cup.

”This must be understood first by all Argentinians, and then by his team-mates.

”He is a phenomenon if he is put in the right conditions, like in Barcelona. Otherwise he is struggling.

”But tell me: who helped him against Iceland? [Angel] Di Maria did not get past his opponent once, the midfielders did not support him.”

Source | Gazzetta dello Sport

Argentina return to action on Thursday when they face a really tasty tie against Croatia. Ivan Rakitic’s team won their opener against Nigeria and so top the group after the first round of games.