Argentina happy with Barca's CL elimination: Messi will have more time for World Cup
Argentina are hoping Messi would be fresh enough to lead them to the World Cup glory.
Ole: 'Fatigued, Messi didn't show up for Barcelona and they suffered a historic elimination against Roma. He will reach Russia with less stress on his body but with the disappointment of missing the final rounds of the Champions League.'
"Perhaps the most important thing is that he can definitively recover from his hamstring problem, which doesn't allow him to play normally."
Clarin: "The national team needed Leo out of the Champions League. He was playing on the verge of a muscle injury and now we must prioritise his physical state over that of the soul."
La Nacion: "It can do his body good to lighten the load in the face of the World Cup. But this slap doesn't help the footballing prestige of Messi, or Barcelona. As many of their successes are explained by the Argentine, the disappointments of the club are also his responsibility. Beyond saving energy, these defeats are unsettling."
"[Jorge] Sampaoli won't be worried as he believes Messi's competitive genes will keep him out of harm's way. Messi is obsessed with Russia and that voracity won't be stopped by a surprise elimination."