Translated from the Spanish by Steve Amoia.
This was published originally on 11 August 2011.
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As usual, a unique truth doesn't exist. What you do find is a blend of questions that make a theme and a team that does not have a definite style of play. The players come together days before to form a group. The pressure to want to assume a leadership role that by his personality, Messi doesn't have. Exaggerated anxieties to demonstrate before his people who he really is. All of this influences, all of this is felt, all of this produces a result that has been seen. The best player in the world playing fastidiously, exaggerating more than what is usual without success, not achieving what he wants, what the fans want. Everything is fed again through the circuit.
Not the New Maradona
Messi: His Only Love is the Ball
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But if you don't ask him to be Diego, he would be calm, in his play that entertains and that he isn't the boss of the team. With FC Barcelona, Messi is that goblin. The one who appears with his demonic bursts and cuts opposing defenders to threads. But he isn't the leader of the team. That is not for him. Messi wants to play with the ball; nothing more than that. We should leave him to do what he surely does better than anyone.
Carlos Tevez, the People's Player from Fort Apache
Tevez is the player from the village, the people's player, born in a very humble place in a very marginal neighborhood: Fort Apache. He developed in a footballing sense with C.A. Boca Juniors from where he launched himself abroad. A player loved by the people, for his cunning, for his success, for never forgetting his past, for his simplicity, for his almost epic permanent force on the pitch. Until the last two months, he wasn't considered in the manager's plans for the Copa America. The pressure by the media, from the fans and from some other directives put him in the team to be selected for this tournament immediately after a phone call.
It didn't go well. Batista put Tevez out on the left flank (#11 position) and it didn't work out at all. He did what the manager asked of him but not with his recent history or with the fans behind him. Tevez put forth all of his heart and soul as always, but his powerful football and his goals didn't show up. He tried, he pushed, he hoped, but he couldn't deliver. He wondered around lost on that left flank taking to task his assigned position but disappearing. Almost unrecognizable in a team that like always appeared disconcerted.
About The Author
Oscar Amoia is a financial professional from Buenos Aires, Argentina who grew up in the neighborhood of La Boca. Oscar is a socio vitalicio, or lifetime member, of C.A. Boca Juniors. He has contributed commentaries at the International Herald Tribune 2006 World Cup Fan Blog, Soccerlens and World Football Commentaries. You can read his other commentaries here.
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