Currently a player of Paris Saint-Germain, a brilliant striker who is the dream of football fans around the world, Lionel Messi will play his fifth World Cup in less than two weeks. From his debut in Germany in 2006 to the disappointment in Russia four years ago to the disappointment in 2014 in Brazil, “Leo” Messi has had ups and downs in a competition that he has left his mark on. imprint and which he will try to win this year to complete a prize list that is just short of the best international trophy.
2006 World Cup: a taste of the World Cup and a first goal aged just 18
At the end of his first season with the professional team of FC Barcelona, Argentinian sees his name among the players called to play in the World Cup in Germany.
Despite the role as a rotation player, he would open his World Cup counter at the age of 18 years and 357 days against Serbia-Montenegro with a superb performance after coming on shortly after providing an assist for Hernan Crespo. Elusive and always available in the Argentinian midfield, he created numerous chances before launching down the right flank and beating the opposition goalkeeper with a fine right-footed shot.
Without real chemistry, the Albiceleste will lose to the host country, Germany, on penalties in the quarter-finals where the Argentine genius will not be on the pitch.
2010 World Cup: a sensational tournament before another elimination against Germany
Four years after being eliminated in the quarter-finals, Argentina arrived in South Africa with favorite status and a new star in their sport: Lionel Messi. Pichichi de Liga, top scorer in the Champions League and European golden shoe, the Argentinian left his mark in the 2009/2010 season and is playing his second World Cup under his colors in an unmistakable start paper.
Crucial to his team’s successes, he would lead his team to three victories over Nigeria, South Korea and finally Greece. The decisive passer in the round of 16 against Mexico that still stands as one of Argentina’s most successful matches in the World Cup.
Against Germany again in the quarter-finals, it was no longer a wire defeat but a first shipwreck suffered by the Argentines with a 4-0 victory for the Germans ending the ambitions of Argentine selection and a Lionel Messi who left again without passing a milestone in the competition.
2014 World Cup: best player in the competition despite a resounding defeat in the final
Announced to be physically shrinking, not really ready to lead his selection to world success, the Argentinian is nevertheless the holder and leader of the Argentinian team representing the colors of neighboring Brazil.
With four goals scored in the group stage and high-quality performances in the round of 16 against Switzerland or even in the quarter-finals against Belgium, Lionel Messi reached the final of the World Cup after a closed semi-final in first time in his career against … Germany, executioner of the Argentines for two editions of the World Cup.
Very well covered by the very tight German defense, the defense was relatively low and blocked many of the passing possibilities of the FC Barcelona player, but it was Lionel Messi who created his team that rather dominated the debates before bowed to Mario Götze’s goal at the very end. end of extra time. The result was cruel for a Lionel Messi who so far has not won anything with his selection and is beginning to believe in some kind of curse.
2018 World Cup: an uninspired World Cup weighed down by a divided locker room
Disappointingly after a group stage marred by a three-nil defeat against Croatia, the Argentinian side were not really mentioned among the favorites for the title during the competition due to some internal turmoil.
Second place in his group put the Argentines against the French in the round of 16 for a meeting that all of France remembers, a magical goal from Benjamin Pavard in particular sealing Argentine hopes in the competition. This was after the misunderstandings within the Argentinian locker room were revealed in broad daylight with very little reaction from a Lionel Messi who, as often, never really had the demeanor of a leader on the outside. of the field that he had by his excellence. the grass