Lionel Messi and Argentina failed to win their second successive group stage game in the 2019 Copa America. The two-time FIFA World Cup champions drew against Paraguay, leaving their qualification hopes hanging by a thread. Newcastle United, meanwhile, piled on the misery on Lionel Messi by hilariously trolling him.
Newcastle United took a hilarious dig at Lionel Messi, following the latter’s Copa America draw against Miguel Almiron’s Paraguay. Almiron, who plays for the Premier League side, but on a brilliant display and was hailed by the fans, which in turn prompted Newcastle to tweet this:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) June 20, 2019
“A football genius and Lionel Messi.” said the Tweet.
The Newcastle fans themselves had a lot to say about Almiron’s performance, praising him for his contribution to the match:
— ¤Zub-Zero¤ (@Jorbriz) June 20, 2019
Messi has Almiron posters plastered all around his bedroom wall
— Andy (@yedIinny) June 20, 2019
Miggy is magic
— nani azulceleste (@suspiritus) June 20, 2019
Almiron was key in Paraguay’s opening goal after he ran down the left wing before picking an inch-perfect past to Richard Martinez. The latter applied the finishing touches from the edge of the area to give his side the lead.
Argentina equalized, nonetheless, when Lionel Messi converted a controversial spot kick. Franco Armani saved a penalty moments later to save the Albiceleste from a second consecutive loss.
Meanwhile, Argentina’s qualification hopes now rest on the result of their final group stage game against Qatar. However, the process has suddenly become increasingly complicated and even a win might not be enough for them to make it through to the next round.