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Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by vanida6(f): 9:11am On Oct 09
The Barcelona star proved the difference for his nation as they struggled to impress after a long time apart

Lionel Messi expressed the importance of victory and not the performance after Argentinakicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Ecuador.
Messi was the hero again for Argentina in Buenos Aires on Thursday, converting a 13th-minute penalty in the country's first match since November last year.

Argentina were scheduled to begin their CONMEBOL qualifying campaign for Qatar2022 in March, but the coronavirus pandemic scuppered those plans.

*The South American giants finally returned to action in a lacklustre display and extended their unbeaten streak to eight games, dating back to the 2019 Copa America in July, thanks to superstar captain and six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi.

"We knew it was going to be complicated. but the most important thing is that we won and now we have to work to keep growing," Messi said post-match.

"It was important to start off with a win because we know how difficult the world cup qualifiers are.

"The matches are always tough. We hoped the level of play would be different but it's been almost a year since we played together, this was our first game back and the nervousness makes it complicated."

Messi and Argentina played at an empty La Bombonera – the iconic home of Argentine powerhouse Boca Juniors – amid the Covid-19 crisis.

There have been more than 856,000 confirmed cases and over 22,700 deaths from coronavirus in Argentina.
"It was a complicated year for what we are living through," added Barcelona's Messi, whose Argentina meet Boliviaon Tuesday.

"Being able to go back and play with the Argentina national team and give happiness to people with the win, beyond the game, serves to decompress. Much strength to all Argentines."
Messi's goal on Thursday saw him equal a recordnow also held by Ronaldo and former Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez.
Suarez left Camp Nou over the summer for a move to Atletico Madridwith the striker opening up on his controversial departureafter he scored in Uruguay's 2-1 win against Chile.

"When Atletico came looking for me, I didn't hesitate for a single moment," Suarez said. "Obviously I have to get used to various things, but I feel very happy at Atletico."

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by nrexzy(m): 9:16am On Oct 09
The real GOAT

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by ojaysam25(m): 10:15am On Oct 09
Its seems messi can no longer score from open play with over 360mins played this season...

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by youngberry001(m): 10:43am On Oct 09
I was disapointing watching dat match yesterday,,,argentina playing like ghana U17 sad

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by vanida6(f): 10:50am On Oct 09
youngberry001:
I was disapointing watching dat match yesterday,,,argentina playing like ghana U17 sad
lol cheesy

las las den win 1-0 cheesy

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by youngberry001(m): 10:54am On Oct 09
vanida6:
lol cheesy

las las den win 1-0 cheesy
yes with penalty taken by messi.

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by EMXTAN1(m): 11:29am On Oct 09
Messi the greatest footballer ever!!

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Kusheer(m): 11:29am On Oct 09
Game on
Think they will still not receive 7-0 later
Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by inoki247: 11:29am On Oct 09
For dem to beat ordinary Ecuador like Malu e hard dem dey av to du it in Bruno Fernandez way

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Houseofglam7(f): 11:29am On Oct 09
cool

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by frankmoney(m): 11:30am On Oct 09
I doubt if this current Argentine team can win anything

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by abumereose: 11:30am On Oct 09
Ok
Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Prechgold1180(f): 11:30am On Oct 09
nrexzy:
The real GOAT
. Ayah ur goat Nur fit score for full 90 minutes e don turn Bruno Fernandez bro

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by seunlayi(m): 11:30am On Oct 09
Sincerely, nothing concerns is here in Naija. We have our own problems

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by kponkedenge(m): 11:30am On Oct 09
I read an article last night in the New York Times about how Argentine players' quality has been dropping over the years and how the number of their players in the Europe top 5 leagues has drastically reduced.

Most of their quality players - Aguero, Messi, Di Maria etc are at the tail end of their careers and they are no longer producing upcoming talents like they did over the years.

In a few years to come, they will struggle to even qualify for major tournaments if care is not taken.

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Donkenny511(m): 11:31am On Oct 09
MESSI never Struggles. More than fifteen years of dazzling the football world.

I dare you to name a name that is as good as Messi, even Ronaldo is trailing from behind

Messi is the one and only GOAT

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Geofavor(m): 11:31am On Oct 09
Lionel Messi The GOAT..... None other born of a woman comes close.

Xixtie:
Overrated piece of shit.
Without the PK it would be motherfoking draw.
Overrated piece of shit? What have you achieved in your own career? Don't let hate destroy you.

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Techiekingee(m): 11:31am On Oct 09
Prechgold1180:
. Ayah ur goat Nur fit score for full 90 minutes e don turn Bruno Fernandez bro
How many ur goat score for friendly

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Prechgold1180(f): 11:31am On Oct 09
frankmoney:
I doubt if this current Argentine team can win anything
yes they can win best jersey
Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by NORSIYK(m): 11:31am On Oct 09
Eibar merchant 2 goals have been from the spot.
Also his last 2 international goals have been from the penalty spot.

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by PureGoldh(m): 11:32am On Oct 09
Nice
Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by SolexxBarry(m): 11:32am On Oct 09
Na penalty goal he dey celebrate like say he don win world cup undecided

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Xixtie(f): 11:32am On Oct 09
Overrated piece of shit.
Without the PK it would be a motherfoking draw.

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by Theboy21: 11:32am On Oct 09
If it was the greatest player CR7 that scores with penalty we won't hear word again, but since PK was scored by Eibar fucker they are cool cheesy cheesy cheesy

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by crossfm: 11:32am On Oct 09
He should just respect himself and concentrate on his club side more.
The national team has never been easy for him.

Unlike CR7.I mean the GOAT.
He is a phenomenal both for country and club.

That's why I will always state that," any other goat is for pepper soup".

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Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by gadproject(m): 11:32am On Oct 09
Re: Messi: Argentina Struggled With Nervousness In First Game Back. by RealEzee(m): 11:33am On Oct 09
grin south American giants kwa, when last them win Copa America grin, see all the talk for penalty Sha grin na wa oo world pple Sha

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