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Argentina coach If I were Lionel Messi I would have quit national team
After the defeat of team Argentina against Chile at the penalty shootout during Copa America final, the media lashed out at Lionel Messi. Even coach Diego of club Barcelona, who has also played for the team questioned Messi’s performance at the tournament. Lionel Messi who plays for the Spanish club FC Barcelona is also a national level player and the captain of team Argentina and plays at the forward position. Ironically, Messi has won individual awards and every trophyfor the club but his performance could not translate into a win for the national team. Argentina has not lifted the trophy ever since Copa America 1993. Series of losses has caused many from the media to fire Messi with questions like why does not he have the same number of goals in international games as in the club games. He is an attacking player on field known for his aggressive play during Club matches. His performance in international games has made media doubt his dedication for the team of Argentina.
“If I were in Messi’s place I would have stopped playing with the national team a long time ago, but I would keep playing for Barcelona,” Martino told FOX. “To speak about the criticism of Messi is to give strength to something that does not deserve any type of analysis.”
In a recent statement from the team coach Gerardo Martino, he said that he would have preferred to retire from the national team if he had been Messi himself a long time ago. This statement came after criticism from the media He also said that he would not have tolerated these remarks against himself playing at Messi’s forward position in the team. Continuing his take on the matter, he further added that he were Messi, he would have continued playing for the club but not for the national team. If press reports are to be believed, Messi may not be a witness of the friendly match against Mexico to be played at AT&T Stadium, Texas on 8Th September although he will be invited to be there as per the coach.