Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona and President Mauricio Macri of Argentine national team, Lionel Messi, appealed for his decision to retire from international football.
Messi, 29, announced his retirement from the Argentine national team after he missed the first penalty shoot-out in the final match of the Copa America.
This is the fourth loss suffered by the Argentine national team in a final in nine years.
But Maradona said to the newspaper (La Nacion), “Those who say that Messi should retire do not want us to be aware of the catastrophic situation that Argentine football has ended. Messi must continue.”
Maradona, who led the Argentine national team to win the World Cup in 1986 and ran the team that participated in the same championship in 2010, “Messi must remain because he will participate in the 2018 World Cup in Russia under conditions that Argentina can win the championship. Forms of support for the national team, so that they can help Messi lead the team forward. “
Messi had said after the loss suffered by the Argentine national team on Sunday that the participation in the national team “ended” for him, and that “not winning the championship is painful.”
For its part, Agence France-Presse reported that Argentine President Mauricio Macri called Messi and told him “about his pride in the performance presented by the Argentine national team and asked him to ignore the critics.”
It is reported that Messi won the Spanish League 8 times and the Champions League 4 times with his club Barcelona.