Exactly 11 years ago, Lionel Messi wore the number 10 shirt for the first time in Argentina. The torment achieved success in “Albiceleste” as senior Diego Maradona has been tormenting “La Pulga Atomica” for over a decade.
11 years Messi has Maradona’s shirt number
Video Messi scored the first goal in Argentina’s number 10 shirt for 11 years before facing Venezuela in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNIS0XGREe8
Lionel Messi is still complying with the quarantine regulations in his own house with his beautiful wife Antonella Roccuzzo and their three sons on orders from the leadership of Barcelona when La Liga is still delayed because of the global pandemic. This is also the time when the 32-year-old superstar looks back on a remarkable milestone in his career at the national level.
Exactly 11 years ago, on March 29, 2009, in the framework of the 2010 World Cup qualifier, Argentina was then led by former coach Diego Maradona and he boldly gave Lionel for the first time. Messi wears the number 10 shirt for the national team when they welcome the Venezuela team at home in the capital Buenos Aires.
Because of the expectations of the teacher Maradona and more than 46,000 spectators at Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti at the time, Messi played brilliantly. In the 26th minute, he mixed a perfect one-two with teammate Carlos Tevez before escaping down the cross corner with his left foot to open the score for Argentina.
“Albiceleste” then got 3 more goals from Tevez, Maxi Rodriguez and Sergio Aguero to complete a 4-0 thrashing against the team from Miss Venezuela.
11 years have passed and Messi‘s shirt number 10 in Argentina is still “inviolable”. However, unlike wearing this number and winning all the noble honors at the Barcelona club, returning to duty in the national team, “La Pulga Atomica” is still excellent but the noble titles have been and still lurking avoid him.
Messi overcame the “Lion King” Gabriel Batistuta to become Argentina’s greatest goalscorer with 70 goals after 138 appearances for “Tango dancers”. However, in the shirt of “Albiceleste”, Messi has not yet been able to win a major title to bring glory to his national team.
The World Cup nightmare
Three consecutive finals in two major regional and international tournaments (World Cup 2014, Copa America 2016 and 2017), Messi and Argentina all failed: 1 time against the Germans in extra time and 2 times in a row against Chile.
At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, M10 and teammates also entered the round of 1/8 (losing to France). Last year, in Brazil, they lost bitterly 2-2 to the main rival of South America in the Copa America semi-finals.
The pain of not being able to touch the World Cup gold cup, which Diego Maradona had won in the finals of this tournament in Mexico in 1986 has been haunting Messi‘s mind for 11 years when he inherited the No.10 shirt of “Golden Boy” in Argentina.
Will next year, when Copa America is held in Argentina and Colombia (June 11 – July 11, 2020, postponed for a year because of the current pandemic), will M10 end the thirst for big titles when wearing a white-blue shirt?
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