Argentina & 2018 World Cup
The World Cup has so far been a disaster for Argentina.
Lest we forget, Argentina only qualified for Russia thanks to a Leo Messi hat-trick in Quito in the final round of qualification.
Argentina started their World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Iceland. Leo Messi missed a penalty.
It got far worse for Argentina in their second match as they lost 3-0 to Croatia.
Fortunately Nigeria helped the South Americans out by beating Iceland on Saturday.
If Argentina can beat Nigeria in their final match, they’ll have a good chance of reaching the last 16.
Leo Messi & Mossad
The issue of Leo Messi’s form at the World Cup has not gone unnoticed.
Unlike when he bosses matches for Barcelona, Messi has performed well below-par in Russia.
Many people are now thinking up reasons for why Messi has been so poor at the World Cup.
On Sunday, leading Argentine paper La Nacion have echoed a rumour which is now spreading fast in Argentina.
It’s believed that “millions” of Argentinians believe that Israel’s Mossad is behind Messi’s poor form.
The logic? Well, it’s non-existent, but it centres of conspiracy theories that Mossad are looking to get back at Messi after Argentina pulled out of friendly before the World Cup.
To be clear, these Mossad stories are wholly baseless and false. Many will view these Mossad-Messi claims as ant-Semitic.
Yet, a cursory glance at social media platforms like Twitter reveal how these rumours are gaining traction fast.
Israel y el Mossad nunca le perdonaran a Messi su solidaridad con Palestina
Los medios y periodistas de la derecha sionista buscan llenos de odio y venganza fusilarlo en los medios de comunicación
Hoy Mauro Viale le hace los deberes a Israel y agita la
carcel para Messi pic.twitter.com/3N1RKoje5Q
— Luis D'Elia (@Luis_Delia) June 23, 2018
Clarmente están operando el Mossad en contra de la figura de Messi,una campaña de desprestigio importante no es casual los dichos de la ministra de cultura y deportes de Israel ,una odiadora vengativa sólo porque el plantel nacional no quiso exponerse en zona de riesgo.
— juliette.beauchamp (@jullietteBeau) June 24, 2018
Sorry: actually this particular Argentinian conspiracy theory (mentioned in @LANACION, which doesn't believe it), is that Mossad is so angry that Argentina cancelled their friendly in Israel that they are now out to get Messi
— Simon Kuper (@KuperSimon) June 24, 2018