Messi Has to Stay in the National Team: Football Legend Maradona

The 1986 World Cup winner also said that he will not leave Messi alone in this hard time. 

Published28 Jun 2016, 07:26 AM IST
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Argentine football legend Diego Maradona, who has coached Lionel Messi and also been critical of him in the past, feels that Argetinas’ top goal scorer should not follow through on his vow to quit the national team after its defeat in the Copa America Centenario.

The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario final shootout against Chile on Sunday. After losing the championship, he promptly told reporters he was quitting international soccer, throwing Argentine football into turmoil ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

On Tuesday, Diego Maradona took to Facebook, urging Messi to review his resignation.

Lio must go on in the national team. 
Diego Maradona

Referring to the 2018 Soccer World Cup, Maradona added:

Because he has a lot to give, and he will come to Russia in conditions to become world champion. 

Maradona who about 20 days back was caught saying that the present captain of Argentina, Messi doesn’t have the character to be a leader, ended his Facebook post on an emotional note.

I would like to talk with him. They left him alone. And I do not want to leave him alone. 
Diego Maradona 

(Photo Courtesy:<a href=";theater"> Facebook/Diego Maradona</a>)
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Diego Maradona)

Messi is widely rated as the best player in the world, but the match against Chile was his fourth defeat in an international final for Argentina.

The 1986 World Cup winner Maradona, 55, blamed Argentina’s recent lack of trophies on the country’s football association (AFA). He accused it of not supporting Messi and letting him take the blame for Sunday’s defeat to cover up its shortcomings in managing the sport.

The lads have to be supported more to help him take the team forward. Those who are saying he should quit are doing it so that we won’t see what a disaster Argentine football has become.
Diego Maradona

(With inputs from AP)

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