Lionel Messi and Argentina began their Copa America 2019 quest on June 15, hoping to erase ghosts of the past. The Albiceleste had lost the last two editions of the South American cup despite making it all the way through to the finals. However, they were given a shock by Colombia in the very first match, who beat them 2-0.
Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata scored late to give Colombia a two-nil win over Argentina. The two-time FIFA World Cup champions were thoroughly outplayed and now face the risk of elimination early on in the competition.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi tried to run things for the Albiceleste as usual. However, the little magician could not stamp his authority on the match, with the opposition defenders marking him out of the game. Nevertheless, a great opportunity presented itself to Messi in the second half, when he was given a free shot at goal from inside the penalty box. However, the Barcelona star managed to put his header wide of the target.
Argentina’s loss set social media abuzz, with plenty sharing their reactions to their plight. Here are some of the best ones:
When you realise Messi fans can’t even blame Higuain for this loss 🤣 pic.twitter.com/XC1eIxNyyz
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) June 16, 2019
Oh wow messi cant do it with argentina? Who saw that coming?😏 pic.twitter.com/WrTz2WowlR
— Daniel Roebuck (@danielroebuck93) June 16, 2019
Messi ain't ever winning a trophy with Argentina. Might as well accept it fanboys pic.twitter.com/LLLOVeObZ6
— 👑PRince PoLLy👑 (@JaredPollard28) June 16, 2019
I made sure I didn’t sleep to watch Argentina lose today….
How far Messi fan BOIz…
Atleast Portuguese Peruzzi woulda done better today…. probably scored a hatrick 😁 pic.twitter.com/HdSTUrEeYC
— the retweeter (@guru_kalexis) June 16, 2019
You can’t blame everyone BUT Messi. If he scores this it changes everything but yeah Argentina’s team is holding Messi back from scoring here definitely. pic.twitter.com/Zut9ptATWQ
— Zanyy__ (@Rade_Kostic15) June 16, 2019
— Siyabonga A. Ndlela (@sia_ndlela) June 16, 2019
Messi stans right now:
« It’s all Higuain’s fault » pic.twitter.com/cw78aKrtKv
— جاهل (@pedouardlouis) June 16, 2019
Lionel Messi vs Colombia:
78% pass accuracy
10 duels lost
3 times dispossessed
2 shots on target
1 big chance missed
0 accurate crosses (from 5 attempts)
A bad start to the campaign for a GOAT. Can he carry Argentina once more? pic.twitter.com/uGRg4hd8oJ
— UtdArena. (@utdarena) June 16, 2019
My goat was listing his achievements y'all were getting salty… Messi couldn't score a single goal against Colombia even in his "Ultimate season"… Levels pic.twitter.com/ouc0Ulz7E9
— Jordan 💀 (@jordan_ekpo) June 16, 2019
Argentina next face Paraguay on June 20, before going up against invitees Qatar on June 24.