Lionel Messi has been the focal point for Barcelona’s success for well over a decade now. He’s also Argentina’s all-time leading goal-scorer, but while Barcelona have successfully crafted side that maximise the Argentina forward’s abilities, his national side seem overly reliant on him and, when Messi misfires, so do they.
Jorge Sampaoli’s predecessor in the Argentina dug-out, Tata Martino, managed Barcelona before taking the reins. While his Barcelona tenure was considered a failure, as the Catalans ceded La Liga on the final day of the season and only won the Spanish Super Cup, the boss worked well with Messi and it stood him in good stead when moving to manage the Albiceleste, using Messi effectively on the right hand side of a three man front line. Jorge Sampaoli has so far failed to replicate this consistently.