Lionel Messi did not live up to the expectations of the fans at the 2018 World Cup, 2018 FIFA World Cup Federal Ambassador Sergei Belogolovtsev said at Moscow City Press Center.
"I think it shows a lack of respect for his country and for himself when he stood on the pitch with a long face. Messi is a genius, but he disappointed his fans at this World Cup," Belogolovtsev said.
Choosing between the world's greatest football players, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Lionel Messi, he said he preferred Messi because he "seems like a normal human being."
"He is not tall, not very handsome, hasn't got abs, and doesn't look like a Greek god. He speaks very little, just like an average man on the street. But he is a genius nonetheless," Belogolovtsev noted.
Belogolovtsev added that he liked the performance of the Belgian and Croatian national teams.
"This World Cup's best player is Luka Modric, who has played like Messi playing at his best," he said.