Argentina

Messi-dependency has to stop says Valdano

Lionel Messi is asked to "do everything" for Argentina, says Jorge Valdano, and Lionel Scaloni's men need others to weigh in.

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Messi-dependency has to stop says Valdano

Argentina are too reliant on Lionel Messi and must improve the players around the Barcelona superstar, says former Real Madrid coach Jorge Valdano.

Messi-dependency

Messi played for his country for the first time since the World Cup as Argentina took on Venezuela in Madrid last week, yet his side were on the wrong end of a 3-1 scoreline.

The captain was subsequently ruled out of Tuesday's friendly against Morocco, completing the latest chapter in what has sometimes been a difficult international career.

Messi has often been criticised for failing to replicate his club form as Argentina have lost a series of major finals but Valdano, who won the 1986 World Cup alongside the likes of Diego Maradona, feels too much blame is laid at the forward's door.

Messi during Argentina vs Venezuela

Messi during Argentina vs Venezuela

"What Argentina needs to improve are those around Messi, not Messi," Valdano told Onda Cero.

"They still expect Messi to do everything on his own that the whole team should be doing.

"Piling responsibility on the best player to resolve everything all of the time doesn't seem the best way of doing things to me."