What Lionel Messi said about Argentina after Germany won World Cup in 2014 | Football | Sport
Argentina are without Lionel Messi for the friendly clash with Germany this evening.
The Barcelona star has been suspended from international football for three months by CONMEBOL after he accused the Copa America of being corrupt.
He will also miss the friendly against Ecuador on Sunday.
Argentina and Germany will face each other for the 23rd time when they take to the pitch at Borussia Dortmund’s Signal Iduna Park.
They have also met in three World Cup finals, with the Germans coming out on top in the 2014 tournament.
Messi featured in that game but felt Argentina deserved to win more than their opponents.
The Barca talisman claimed his country created the better chances and should have walked away with the trophy.
“We deserved a bit more after the match we played,” Messi said in 2014.
“It’s very painful to lose in the manner that we did because we were so close to penalties.
“I think that in this World Cup we deserved a different [outcome] because we had the chances.”
Messi also pinpointed three clear opportunities that could’ve won the game for Argentina – Gonzalo Higuain’s one-on-one with the goalkeeper in the first half, his own second-half effort that was narrowly wide of the post and Rodrigo Palacio’s attempt to poke the ball home at the start of extra-time.
“They had more of the ball but we had the better chances,” Messi added.
“I think that at the end we didn’t get the luck that we needed. The chances we created were clear. We had three clear ones – mine, the one of Higuain and Rodrigo – but we could not finish them. Now we have to move on.”
Messi, though, didn’t leave the 2014 World Cup empty handed.
The forward was awarded the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
However, the Barcelona hero didn’t see it as consolation.
Messi said at the time: “In these moments the prize doesn’t interest me at all.
“We wanted to take home the trophy and enjoy it with all the people in Argentina.
“We got to the final and it’s a long time since Argentina got past the semi-finals.
“Now we carry with us the disappointment of not being able to win the match.”