Former Barcelona star Patrick Kluivert has gone on to say that Argentina talisman Lionel Messi is equal to half of his country in value on the pitch.
Lionel Messi is arguably the greatest footballers that have ever set foot on planet earth. The 30-year-old forward has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or a record five times and won 32 trophies with his boyhood club Barcelona including Nine La Liga’s, four Champions League titles, and six Copa Del Rey titles.
However, international honors have always seemed to elude Messi as Argentina lost the Copa America twice in 2015 and 2016 consecutively to Chile on penalties as well as the major World Cup final defeat to Germany in the last edition of the tournament.
But Partick Kluivert believes that Messi is the driving force for his country and his presence will make them strong contenders for the World Cup this summer.
Kluivert Praises Messi-
Speaking to Ole, the 41-year-old ex-Barcelona forward heaped a massive amount of praise for the Argentina star labeling him 50% of the entire Argentina national team, “Messi is an important player, both for Barcelona and Argentina. I think he’s 50 percent of the national team. I do not think it depends only on him, but on a good day, he powers everything. Of course, he is human and one day you can wake up not quite right. Then things can be complicated for Argentina.
In qualifying, when he was not there, the team suffered. They did not have the brilliance and could not win the games that with Messi they would surely have won.”
Kluivert went on to add that he believes that Messi is the best player in the world in his opinion, “He [Messi] is the best in the world, I have no doubts. Messi, for example, is the only player capable of changing the course of a match. I have seen it in Spain and also with Argentina, against Ecuador for example.
Argentina with the Barcelona talisman is a really formidable unit in the attack. Most of the other teams should fear Argentina because Messi is hungry to win something big with his national side and what bigger stage to do it at other than the World Cup.