South African players, the media and fans pointed out that blame should be placed on Argentina as a team, and not on Messi to do it all by himself.
What did you think of Croatia's superb performance? Check out all the responses below.
Too easy kante where’s Messi?? #ARGCRO Ronaldo just invited me for a braai— Thabiso semenya (@Touch26semenya) June 21, 2018
These commentators #WorldCup2018— Nazier 17 (@NazierJacobs17) June 20, 2018
All the people defending #messi .— Bradley Grobler (@Bradley_Grobler) June 22, 2018
Think the laughing emojis said it all— Dean Furman (@de4no22) June 22, 2018
Messi is not the coach of Argentina!— JN SHINE™ (@jn_shine) June 21, 2018
Messi is not a goalkeeper of Argentina!
Messi is not a defender of Argentina!
Messi is not Argentina!
He cannot perform a magic alone!
Please respect The him, GREATEST OF ALL TIME. #WORLDCUP #ARGCRO pic.twitter.com/1MOAxO9PWg
Croatia..!!!!— Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) June 21, 2018
Modrić is super quality from his Tottenham Hotspurs day..!
showing great leadership and class..!
This is getting Very Messi
Bandenzani mama cela signal pic.twitter.com/irt3H4kcnr— Sqhamo Melane (@sqhamzee) June 21, 2018
With Argentina falling apart, this is a gimme for Nigeria to go get a win v Iceland & place their noses ahead for 2nd spot. This is not the time to stand back and wait, otherwise Iceland and Argentina will be there to grab 2nd spot. #ARG's low on confidence, ready for the taking— Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) June 21, 2018