Soundoff: Did Leo Messi Disappoint at World Cup 2010?
A lot of big name players who failed to impress in South Africa. Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo, Franck Ribery, and so on. With Leo Messi I’m not so sure. On one hand, little Lionel looked like Barça Lionel when he terrorized the Nigerian, South Korean, Greek and also Mexican defences. He created multiple chances for teammates and drew endless saves from opposition goalkeepers. On the other hand, Messi failed to score at all in World Cup 2010, and looked incapable of penetrating Germany’s defence in the 4-0 quarterfinal defeat. See above picture for a possible reason why.
Personally, I’m inclined to give Messi a pass. He was desperately unlucky not to score at least once in the group stage, and who says scoring is the only measure of success anyway? It’s worth remembering that Messi’s not actually a striker. He’s not a Michael Owen type player, who you can more or less judge on number of goals scored. He’s a dribbler and creator, and at World Cup 2010 Messi did plenty of dribbling and creating, and was plenty exciting to watch while doing so.
If we are to argue that Messi did disappoint at World Cup 2010, we’d have to make the case based on the fact that he could only dribble and create his way as far as the quarterfinal stage, and not all the way to trophy lifting glory as Diego Maradona did in 1986. As the currently anointed best player in the world, and surrounded by plenty of complimentary talent, one could maybe say that dribbling through second those Nigerian, South Korean and Greek defences in the group stage was too easy, and that Messi actually failed to perform and inspire when faced with serious opposition in quarterfinal vs Germany.
That’s the case against, though personally I enjoyed many of Messi’s moments at World Cup 2010, and so can’t claim to be too disappointed. What do you say? Were you disappointed with Leo Messi at World Cup 2010?