Lionel, Maradona A Messi In South Africa


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In many respects, the tactics of the so-called manager of the Argentina national team, DIEGO MARADONA, must be called into question at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. It is to be expected that a player of the calibre of LIONEL MESSI (10), above, will draw a considerable amount of defensive attention from opponents. Other managers might have been able to capitalize more on predictable heavy marking. (Reuters photo)
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As for the 23-year-old Argentinian maestro, 34 goals in 35 Spanish league games and a further eight goals in eleven contests for FC Barcelona in the Champions League brings about a certain amount of justifiable expectation, then.

Other noteable players who must share in Lionel Messi’s shame and disgrace of non-performance, i.e., no goals, at the World Cup in South Africa (source – espn soccernet) :

30 shots, 12 on target — Lionel MESSI — Argentina — Barcelona
15 shots, 6 on target — Frank LAMPARD — England — Chelsea
13 shots, 4 on target — Wayne ROONEY — England — Manchester United
13 shots, 4 on target — Kwadwo ASAMOAH — Ghana — Udinese
13 shots, 2 on target — FERNANDO TORRES — SPAIN — Liverpool
12 shots, 2 on target — Alexis SANCHIS — Chile — Udinese
11 shots, 1 on target — XABI ALONSO — SPAIN — Real Madrid
10 shots, 4 on target — Riccardo MONTOLIVO — Argentina — Fiorentina
9 shots, 3 on target — Edinson CAVANI — URUGUAY — Palermo
9 shots, 2 on target — Nicolas ANELKA — France — Chelsea
8 shots, 4 on target — Rafael VAN DER VAART — Holland — Real Madrid
8 shots, 3 on target — KAKA — Brazil — Real Madrid
8 shots, 3 on target — Lucas BARRIOS — Paraguay — Borussia Dortmund
8 shots, 3 on target — Jozy ALTIDORE — United States — Hull City
8 shots, 3 on target — George SAMARAS — Greece — Glasgow Celtic
8 shots, 1 on target — MICHEL BASTOS — Brazil — Olympique Lyon

6 shots, 2 on target — Dejean STANKOVIC — Serbia — Inter Milan
5 shots, 2 on target — Franck RIBERY — France — Bayern Munich
3 shots, 0 on target — Thierry HENRY — France — Barcelona
0 shots, 0 on target — Diego MILITO — Argentina — Inter Milan

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Portugal’s alleged superstar, CRISTIANO RONALDO of Spanish giant Real Madrid, by all rights, should have made this list. One goal from 22 total shots (with just seven on target) in four games is something rather less than overwhelming. Particularly considering the fact that Ronaldo’s lone goal came against the North Koreas late in a 7-0 rout, long after Kim Il Jong’s troops had lost all meaningful motivation to continue the fight.

More was required of Ronaldo for Portugal to continue playing in the World Cup tournament in South Africa this summer.

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