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Posté le: Mer 20 Juin - 10:35 (2018) Sujet du message: Barcelona's Lionel Messi And Luis Suarez Are Top Of The Worl
Barcelona's Lionel Messi And Luis Suarez Are Top Of The World Cup Flops
wwwpic5678It is fair to say that World Cup 2018 has not exactly started with a bang. Games have been tight, goals have been hard to come by and many of the world’s top stars have struggled to show their best form.There have been a number of world-class players who have been genuinely mediocre in the opening games, making uncharacteristic errors and sometimes even costing their sides points that could prove to be important.After a round of games in which perhaps only Cristiano Ronaldo and Harry Kane of the game’s biggest stars have shown their capabilities, here are the five who let fans down the most.
Luis Suarez It took until just the second game of the tournament for a big name to come a cropper, though Uruguay ultimate came away with maximum points, despite a curiously off-key performance from striker Luis Suarez.The Barcelona ace arrived at the tournament expected to be a contender to finish as top scorer, though his performance against Egypt was so poor that by the end of the match Edinson Cavani had snatched free-kick duties from him after countless fluffed attempts.
wwwpic5678 Indeed, it was centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez who ultimately got Uruguay out of jail, heading home with just a couple of minutes remaining, thereby sparking a bench-emptying celebration that was met by the wrath of FIFA, who fined the South Americans for their jubilation.“Even Pele had off days,” reasoned head coach Oscar Washington Tabarez in the game’s aftermath, though he will be acutely aware that if the 31-year-old cannot find his shooting boots, it will be a tough operation to get his side to live up to their billing as dark horses.
Lionel Messi Perhaps Lionel Messi pays little heed to the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo, but to the footballing world the Portuguese threw down the gauntlet to his Argentine rival by scoring a hat-trick against Spain on Friday.It was a challenge that Messi was unable to respond to, although it should be pointed out that he got precious little help from his team-mates on an evening upon which the South Americans were held to an embarrassing draw by Iceland – a country with a population approximately quarter that of Rosario, where the Barcelona ace hails from.
wwwpic5678 The Messi that fans saw in Moscow was clumsy, careless and indecisive. Nevertheless, he had an opportunity to win the game from the penalty spot, but Hannes Halldorsson - by now football’s most famous film director – stopped his effort.For the 31-year-old, there was nowhere to hide. His team’s game plan seemed to be constructed solely around giving him the ball and waiting for something to happen, so when it didn’t, they looked utterly and hopelessly lost. Messi has been known to have his problems at international level, but he cannot remain at this modest standard – surely?