Messi GOAT standing mocked after Argentina humbled by Saudi Arabia in stunning World Cup shock

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Lionel Messi has been mocked over his standing as the supposed GOAT of football following Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia.

The Albiceleste, who are fancied by many to go all the way in Qatar, were humbled by Middle Eastern opposition in their opening game of the 2022 finals as they slipped to a 2-1 reversal.

Messi had fired Lionel Scaloni’s side in front from the penalty spot but, after seeing a further three efforts ruled out for offside, Argentina collapsed in the second-half to suffer a stunning setback.

Unsurprisingly, followers from afar were quick to flood social media afterwards with messages questioning whether a seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will ever get his hands on an elusive trophy and cement his place at the top of an all-time list regarding the greatest players to have ever laced up a pair of boots.

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Lionel Messi Saudi Arabia reaction

Argentina’s defeat was their first in a World Cup opener since 1990 – when they did go on to make the final – and uncomfortable questions are already being asked of the South Americans and their talismanic captain.

Lionel Messi Saudi Arabia reaction

Lionel Messi Saudi Arabia reaction

Messi looked bright during the opening exchanges against Saudi Arabia, with there little doubt that he would find the target when stepping up to the spot.

His influence waned, though, and Argentina found themselves lacking an attacking spark despite also boasting the likes of Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez within their ranks.

Lionel Messi Saudi Arabia reaction

Lionel Messi Saudi Arabia reaction

Argentina, who are approaching must-win territory, will be back in action on Saturday when taking on Mexico, with one more Group C outing against Poland to come after that.