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Lionel Messi is not being treated fairly, says Jorge Sampaoli

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Jorge Sampaoli reckons Lionel Messi is not being treated fairly by Argentina supporters as the team chase glory at the World Cup.

Messi has come under scrutiny after missing a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Iceland but Sampaoli thinks he’s under too much pressure.

“Leo shouldn’t shoulder all the responsibility. We’re talking about a World Cup that involves millions of people. We can all miss a penalty. We have an entire squad here and we need to bind ourselves together through good and bad,” he said.

”It’s what I always say: when you score in the Argentina shirt, we all take credit, but when Argentina lose, it’s all Leo’s fault. I think that’s quite unfair treatment.

”It’s a lot of pressure for a single player to bear so I have to say I also feel responsible for missing that penalty and I’ll celebrate Leo’s goals like any other Argentine.

”He is the best player in the world and clearly it is impossible that a single player changes the situation of a match completely. He can’t be held responsible for a defeat.”

Source | Goal

The Barcelona star has the chance to put things right on Thursday against Croatia where a win for the Albiceleste would give their World Cup hopes a big boost.