Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
Buenos Aires — Lionel Messi is trying to ease the pressure on himself ahead of Argentina's upcoming World Cup qualifiers, saying Tuesday he can't win matches all on his own.
The Barcelona star made the comments on his arrival in Buenos Aires before Friday's game at home to Chile and next Tuesday's match away to Venezuela.
Messi has never played as well for Argentina as he has for Barcelona. However, in this year's Copa America he was the best Argentine player, although the team was still knocked out in the quarterfinals on penalties by eventual champion Uruguay.
"No one player alone wins a game," Messi told reporters. "This is true with the national team, with Barcelona and everywhere. It's important the team plays as a team."