Argentina President, Diego Maradona urges Messi not to quit
BUENOS AIRES (92 News) — Argentina President Mauricio Macri and the country’s legend Diego Maradona have urged Lionel Messi not to quit the national team.
The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario final shoot-out against Chile on Sunday. He promptly announced his retirement from football.
Maradona told La Nacion newspaper: “He has to stay because he still has playing days ahead of him.
Lionel Messi arrived back in Argentina on Monday and avoided commenting on his abrupt resignation from the national team after losing the Copa America final to Chile.
Dozens of emotional fans wearing the white and sky-blue striped jerseys of the national team, adorned with Messi’s number 10, waited in the rain for the team to arrive back from the tournament in the United States.
Messi shocked Argentina and the whole world with his unexpected resignation after Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw on Sunday. “The national team is over for me,” Messi Told the Argentine network TyC Sports. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”