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Lionel Messi assured that his outstanding performance in Argentina’s national team is due to his coach Diego Maradona, who gave him for the first time the chance to be the Captain during the game against Greece in which his team won 2-0 and made its way to the second round of the World Cup.
“We’ve won the game; we did things right once more and we qualified to the pre-quarter finals round. If I play like this is because of Diego, who talked to me and now showed me he trusted me by giving me the chance to be the team’s Captain,” said Barça’s player, who left aside the dull performances he used to have with Argentina’s team, and by which he had been criticized in the past by the local press.
Messi highlighted the importance of being considered able to be Argentina’s captain for the game against Greece and admitted that “the cheering and being the first on the line hearing the anthem was really great.”
About been kept in tight check by the man-marking of Socratis Papastathopoulos, Messi said the Greeks were “violent” and complained about the referee because “he allowed our opponents to do everything, he favoured the other team, but we could overcome that and won the game.”
He said that Papastathopoulos followed him “everywhere” and that is the reason why he located at the right side, “in order to get more space.”
“I really hope that the team keeps winning and nothing happens if I do not score,” assured Messi, who could not have the chance to score once more, even though he almost did. Actually, Greece’s goalkeeper parried the captain’s shot and Martín Palermo managed to score right after that.
“You can expect anything from Martín. He entered the field, had a chance and scored,” he continued.
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