Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the nation’s President Mauricio Macri encouraged Lionel Messi on Monday not to leave the national group in spite of his promise to stop after a mortifying thrashing.
The Barcelona genius left the field in tears in the wake of missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario last shootout against Chile on Sunday.
He expeditiously told correspondents he was stopping, tossing Argentine football into turmoil in front of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“He needs to stay since despite everything he has playing days in front of him,” Maradona was cited as saying by La Nacion daily paper on the web.
“He will go to Russia in structure to be title holder.”
Messi, 29, is generally evaluated as the best player on the planet, however Sunday’s misfortune was his fourth annihilation in a worldwide last for Argentina.
After an overflowing of disillusionment by fans on the web, Macri joined the requires the Barcelona genius to stay with Argentina.
“He called him and let him know how glad he feels of the national group’s execution and requested that him not listen to the feedback,” a representative for Macri told AFP by phone.
The 1986 World Cup victor Maradona, 55, pointed the finger at Argentina’s late absence of trophies on the nation’s football affiliation (AFA).
He blamed it for not supporting Messi and giving him a chance to assume the fault for Sunday’s annihilation.
“The individuals who are stating he ought to stop are doing it so we won’t see what a calamity Argentine football has ended up,” La Nacion cited Maradona as saying.
Messi and the squad arrived back in Buenos Aires on Monday evening after the competition in the United States.
TV cameras took after their mentor however the players had yet to make any remark to the media.
Messi is cherished in Barcelona however his companions griped of how brutally he has been judged in his country.
“This chap is simply immersed with feedback and being so gravely treated,” said Ernesto Vecchio, who was Messi’s first mentor in his local city of Rosario.
“I don’t need him to stop yet when I place myself in his shoes it appears to be out of line that they ought to look to him as the deliverer when there are 11 players on the group.”
Messi’s calm attitude on the pitch makes him a proficient goalscorer, however his saved way has drawn feedback.
Messi has been named FIFA World Player of the Year five times. However, he has been spooky by examinations with Maradona, who drove Argentina to World Cup triumph in 1986.
Argentina were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the last of the 2014 World Cup and lost on punishments, likewise to Chile, in the 2015 Copa America last.
Messi likewise tasted rout with Argentina in the last of the 2007 Copa America.
In the current month’s Copa semi-last win over the United States, he turned into Argentina’s top universal scorer ever with his 55th objective.
His takeoff left numerous fans no more considering the Copa.
“Losing a last is something that happens in game,” kept in touch with one fan, Fede Ruiz, on Twitter.
“Be that as it may, losing you is the most agonizing thrashing of all.”