Barca ended without major silverware, but he seems to have recovered his energy in Brazil at just the right time for his country.
If Argentina are to win the World Cup they still need to fix the glaring problems in defence and midfield that were again exposed by the Nigerians in Porto Alegre.
However, with Messi in the side and firing on all cylinders, fans back home will be confident they can score more goals than they inevitably leak.
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