- Old footage of Lionel Messi looking at Argentina's 2014 World Cup final loss to Germany has resurfaced online
- Messi was at pains to explain how they failed to convert the numerous chances they had in that game
- Germany beat Argentina after Mario Goetze came from the bench to score in extra time
Video footage showing Lionel Messi watching Argentina's missed chances in the 2014 World Cup has emerged online.
The footage, which is either pleasing or painful depending on whether you are a Messi die-hard or not, captures Messi's reactions as his side came close to winning football's biggest trophy.
Argentina were set to cap off a wonderful run and win the World Cup in the home soil of their eternal rivals Brazil. But a couple of missed chances against Germany saw Messi miss out on the only trophy missing in his impressive cabinet.
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Germany had thrashed Brazil 7-1 while Argentina had seen off the Netherlands on post-match penalties to set up a final at the Maracana Stadium in Rio.
The final was marked both by defensive solidity and profligacy with the 90 minutes ending goalless. Gonzalo Higuain was particularly guilty of missing huge chances that could have turned the game's tide.
In the interview with FIFA, Messi was shown some of his chances and he said as quoted by the Sport Bible.
I don’t know. What can I say… it’s a pity.
It’s a pity given all the chances we had in that game. We had the better chances and, well… we’ll regret the chances we had but couldn’t score for the rest of our lives.
Mario Goetze came off from the bench to score the only goal of the game and ensure Germany won their fourth World Cup.
Messi was named player of the tournament but that fell short of his objective of winning a trophy with his national side. He fumbled a couple of more times in Copa America before finally winning it last year.
Argentina will have another chance to win the World Cup this year in Qatar.
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Argentina have placed themselves in a prime position to win football’s greatest trophy by winning the Copa America and the Finalissima trophies.
The side will be hoping to go one better than their 2014 exploits where they reached the final and lost to Germany.