He failed, he was personally attacked, and he now ponders over a break from Argentine national team’s duties. Lionel Messi revealed that he is eager to take a sabbatical leave from his commitments with the blue-stripes. The Albiceleste captain “has been hurt by a series of personal attacks” with his performances, according to Argentine newspaper Ole. The 28-year-old superstar, currently considered the best player in the world, has withdrawn himself to isolation since Argentina’s defeat against Chile in the Copa America finals on Saturday.
Failure For Argentina
This isn’t Messi’s first loss in the finals for Argentina. He first tasted defeat against arch-rivals Brazil 0-3 in the 2007 Copa America Finals. A man who has won every glory with his club Barcelona has failed to lift his country to clinch a major title, sparking reactions and criticism after Saturday’s 1-4 penalty shoot-out defeat at Santiago. Scathing attacks were unleashed at him from various quarters, from home and abroad, apart from being panned by the Argentine media.
“There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” Messi said in a statement on his Facebook account late Monday.
“But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.”
Messi also turned down the Player of the Tournament award.
The talisman, whose genius is compared to legendary Diego Armando Maradona, failed last summer in the World Cup finals against Germany – unlike Diego, who guided the Argentine national team to a emphatic 3-2 win in the finals of 1986 at Azteca, Mexico city against the same opponents.
There is strong debate and criticism that Lionel Messi is more committed to his club assignments than his duties for the national team.
Messi’s Future With The Blue Stripes
“Desolate after another lost final, and especially by the tough criticism, Messi could take a break from the national team,” the Ole reported Tuesday.
Devastated Messi now wants a break from the national side. His family members were abused by Chilean fans after the match at Santiago.
The former Argentine internationals stood beside the fallen star in the time of crisis.
“One day this boy is going to get tired and will not want to come to play for the team,” former Argentine international Matias Almeyda, who now coaches the Banfield club, told Fox Sports.
“He’s the best player in the world and he is not treated in the way he deserves,” Almeyda added.
If Messi leaves, Argentina could lose out on key earnings from friendly internationals, which he is often under contract to play.
“I don’t understand the people who criticise him,” Luis Segura, the President of the Argentine football association, said.
Argentina requires Messi, and surely Messi will take his final challenge in Russia 2018 to guide his country to glory. The World Cup also needs the best player in the planet!