"People in Argentina criticize Messi, they should be thanking God for him" - Diego Costa

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"People in Argentina criticize Messi, they should be thanking God for him" - Diego Costa

Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa defended Leo Messi and says Argentineans should be grateful to have a player like him.

Atlético de Madrid striker Diego Costa was asked about Leo Messi following the 6-1 thrashing which Spain served Argentina at the Wanda on Tuesday night. Costa says he cannot understand the criticisim which Messi receives from his fellow countrymen and didn't hesitate in racing to his defence.

Argentina should thank their lucky stars to have Messi - Costa

“They need to do a full analysis to find out what the problem is. Messi gets criticized a lot in n Argentina, but you really notice when he isn’t playing – the team is another things entirely. You shouldn’t really criticize a player like Messi, they should thank God they have someone like him. Messi should always be treated with respect – even if on the odd occasion he might have a bad game, it’s always different having him out there on the pitch”.

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