Remember that Germany recently lost in the group stages of this year's World Cup after finishing third in Group E, behind leaders Japan and second-place Spain.
At his post-match press conference following Argentina's 2-1 victory over Australia in the round of 16 over the weekend, Messi commented on the development.
They being gone surprised me, said Messi.
“They [Germany] had a young team that is consistently among the best in a World Cup, and they had a lot of top players.
“It is unexpected that they were eliminated once more in the first round, but it just goes to show how challenging the World Cup is.
“What you see on the field now matters more than the name of the national team. Every aspect of life is becoming increasingly equal.