Argentinian legend Mario Kempes does not believe that football superstar Lional Messi can win the 2014 FIFA World Cup for Argentina by himself.
Kempes, who played a key role for Argentina during their victory in 1978 World Cup, said that he understands why manager Alejandro Sabella will build the Argentinian team around Messi, but believes the other nine players on the pitch have to stand up and be counted if La Albiceleste are going to be any chance of winning their third World Cup.
“You can put the players on the pitch but they always move and systems change,” Kempes said.
“I think, though, that Messi has to be a special case and that the other nine outfield players should support him.
“One player on his own is not going to win you the World Cup; that’s impossible. “
“He can have an important part to play, no question, but there’s no way he can win every game for you by himself.”
Kempes and the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup was noted for their attacking, creative and free flowing football and the fifty-nine-year-old is hoping that he will see a similar brand of football at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“I hope we don’t see the same old thing,” Kempes said.
“I hope we don’t see defence-minded teams that just hit on the break.
“There’ll be one or two, especially among the new boys and the teams who don’t have much pedigree, but I’m expecting plenty of entertainment and end-to-end football.
“I hope we see the world’s best players perform in every game, not for the whole 90 minutes, but from time to time at least.”
Argentina have been drawn to play in Group F alongside Bosnia And Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria, and are clear favourites to progress to the round of sixteen.
They opening their tournament against Bosnia And Herzegovina in Rio De Janeiro on June 15, take on Iran at Belo Horizonte on the 21st and play their final pool game against Nigeria at Porto Alegre just four days later.
Argentina ($5.50) are on the second line of 2014 World Cup betting markets at Ladbrokes; with the host nation Brazil currently favourites at a quote of $4.25.