More Argentinian Players May Retire From Internationals: Aguero

The striker also said that Lionel Messi is the most affected in the team after his penalty miss. 

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According to Sergio Aguero, other Argentinian players may follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi. (Photo: Reuters)

Sergio Aguero and other Argentina players could follow the lead of captain Lionel Messi and retire from international football after losing the final of the Copa America on penalties to Chile for the second straight year.

The 29-year-old Messi, who sent his spot-kick in the penalty shootout over the bar, announced his decision shortly after the game in New Jersey on Sunday.

The likelihood is that Messi is not the only one that will leave the national team.
Sergio Aguero

The striker added:

There are several players like me that are evaluating whether or not to continue.
Lionel Messi announced retirement from internationals after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final. (Photo: AP)
Lionel Messi announced retirement from internationals after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final. (Photo: AP)

The Manchester City forward, who replaced Gonzalo Higuain in the 70th minute, was hugely disappointed after Argentina failed to end their 23-year trophy drought at senior level.

One doesn’t want to think about it but at times, there are things that happen and the thought (of retiring) comes into your mind. Afterwards, it’s difficult to get it out.
Sergio Aguero
Messi and Aguero in a training session. (Photo: AP)
Messi and Aguero in a training session. (Photo: AP)

Aguero has played for Argentina’s senior side since September, 2006 and empathised with Messi, a five times World Player of the Year. He said:

Unfortunately, the one that leaves most affected is Leo Messi after his penalty miss. This is the worst that I’ve seen him in the changing room.

He added:

We are all affected and we will try to think about something else and move forward. Again, luck was not on our side.

Argentina’s starting goalkeeper Sergio Romero hoped that Messi will reconsider his decision.

Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who saved Lucas Biglia’s penalty before Francisco Silva scored the crucial spot-kick to help his country retain the Copa, had praise for his Barcelona teammate Messi.

Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo. (Photo: AP)
Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo. (Photo: AP)
In my opinion, he is the best player in the world and in history. They have to enjoy him, value him and understand him. This is a team work, when you win, everyone wins, and when you lose, everyone loses.
Claudio Bravo

The Chilean goalkeeper added:

We had some criticism directed at Chilean players in our first few games (of the Copa America). Football is a team sport.

(With inputs from Reuters.)

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