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Well that was a shitty ending to the US/Colombia match. Both teams down to ten men. Poor all around. Looking forward to Chile/Argentina, should be a good one.

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Messi misses 22% of PKs (which is actually worse than Ronaldo). But, just like Ronaldo with free kicks, he still takes them in these vital situations. Why? Ego. He's not a martyr, and there's really no need to make excuses for his failure rate. If he wants to stop playing for his NT, then he can stop that too. He doesn't owe anyone. If his teammates want him back bad enough, they can drop to their knees and ask nicely, too.

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I'm referring to Messi's PK record, and his insistence on taking them is similar to Ronaldo's insistence on taking free kicks.

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Some guys have made good points on Messi but fact is a TRUE footballer will always continue to hunt for trophies. Everyone bags Ronaldo yet he gives it his all when playing so he can win trophies and he doesn't have half the talent in his team that Messi has.

 

Messi took the easy way out and like I have always said, he will now be remembered as the best club player ever, nothing more.

 

Ronaldo has made 1 final at that was at a young age when we made him cry yet time after time he still represents Portugal proudly.

 

Maybe those who bag Ronaldo can now throw some at Messi too, for me he is a coward for retiring, but something tells me he will be in Russia.

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Pana the blame will always be on Messi as he is regarded the best player in the world, same with Ronaldo when Portugal fail.

 

Baggio took Italy to WC finals too doesn't mean anything when you don't rise to the occasion in the final, that's where the big players get their recognition.

 

I don't see how the whole team was at fault for losing each final though, in last 2 Copa America finals, Argentina's defence didn't concede a goal so to say the whole team is at fault is wrong, defence did their job the front line didn't. Its the old saying defence wins you titles, attackers win you matches.

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