Lionel Messi played with the weight of Argentina's hopes upon his shoulders, laboring against a tenacious Iceland, before underlining a frustrating performance with a decisive penalty miss. Twitter was not kind.
Just the facts.
But it really wasn't about the facts.
Messi misses penalty.— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) 16 June 2018
Messi fans: It's Higuaín's fault.
Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Spain the day before wasn't making it any easier.
Messi misses a penalty and somehow, somewhere, I think Ronaldo May be winking.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) 16 June 2018
Messi's response to Ronaldo's legendary performance vs Spain.— Nikhil (@Nikilled) 16 June 2018
9 dribbles completed
7 time dispossessed
1 penalty miss
3 free-kicks over the bar
2 glucose pills taken
1 gatorade at half time
1 retirement planning
3 Sampaoli twerks
1 Morosement thread.
But for all that, the admirers still outnumber the haters, even on the most vicious and knee-jerk football forum in the world.
The day Messi fires blank. It is a global news. Only the greatest makes this happen.G.OA.T— Oma Akatugba (@omaakatugba) 16 June 2018