The psychology is that under pressure he’s shrunk along with other fragile minded players. The only eye test I’ve seen is offensive players with better protection and operating on smoother pitches. The balls carry less weight (which make it more tricky for goalkeepers) as well as lighter and fresher uniforms. The fact that players are more muscular and appear fitter doesn’t mean they are better in the art of defending. The defensive bloopers that I’ve seen in the 2014 WC final and CA final 2016 edition is of comical proportions. That’s your view but I’m completely in disagreement. So how do you expect to assess a player ? On skills alone ? It’s absurd. Great players aren’t judged solely on how talented they are but on the merit of transferring those talents into triumphs and coronations when it matters most. Furthermore, in proving your worth outside the comfort zone of a player. I’m not interested if Messi or Aguero were more talented than Batistuta for example, because when it mattered most Batistuta rose to the occasion many times and put trophies in AFA’s cabinet. His ability to find the back of the net is something that neither Messi or Higuain were capable of doing in decisive encounters. No, I’m claiming that player A has had many opportunities to demonstrate his worth compared to others with less chances but still couldn’t produce the goods. Your definition of player A and player B is distorted because at the NT level Messi has had more go-arounds at titles than many former legends and still couldn’t influence important matches in difficult situations. I repeat, in Batistuta’s first shot at a title he broke 32 years of a drought for Argentina in South America. It took Maradona only in his second try at a tournament under his control to crown Argentina world champs. It’s been 6 competitions under Messi’s control and still hasn’t been capable of living up to his name. So in your view it’s unfair and for others it was based on luck and ideal circumstances. This is ridiculous and the excuses continue. To start with, never has Batistuta, Caniggia and Maradona, previous legends that arrived prior to the generation of Aguero and Messi, had a tailor made tournament as USA 2016 to suite to their benefit. The times Maradona, Caniggia or Batistuta lost, they were defeated by Brazil or Uruguay, teams that were in conditions to take them out as traditional South American powerhouses (and better than any team Messi faced at the South American level in my view). But to have it served twice on a silver platter, like in 2015 and 2016, with weak opponents in the way and they can’t beat Chile not once but twice, is a big underachievement. Until they can get that chip in Russia 2018, I don’t want to even entertain any comparisons with former players covered in silver and gold. And you damn right I’m going to compare the achievements of past legends because it’s those ghosts that he’s wrongly compared to when he has no right at this point to be even spoken in the same class as them. It’s people that erroneously classify him (like you) as a greater legend when there’s no justification for that other than for his exploits inside his comfort zone at Barcelona.