Javier Zanetti: For Argentina Messi plays under pressure
• Argentina & Inter Milan legendary defender believes that the nation's expectations and hopes put Barcelona's No.10 in a difficult position
"There is a lot of pressure on him, but not only in this competition but also in the past," he told Mediaset.
However much I would want Leo to raise the trophy, I just have a gut feeling it's not happening. It's just not meant to be. Three consecutive international finals, all of them lost. Looks like Messi is not destined for international glory. pic.twitter.com/LCqIXk9H6E— Franek 🇵🇱 (@asdafasgaed) June 14, 2018
"Everyone expects it to be his World Cup and that Argentina can win, but it will be difficult because I see other more equipped national teams. The defeats in the two Copa America and World Cup finals further increase pressures on him and the team from the press.
"We expect a lot. It [the World Cup] stops all the country, there is great enthusiasm and passion for this national team and we hope to get to the end of the competition."