“Messi Is Crying For Argentina,” And Will Return To The National Team.

Image: Lionel Messi

Jorge Valdano, just like the former AC Milan coach Sacchi, believes Lionel Messi will reverse his widely publicised international retirement after his country lost to Chile at the 2016 Copa America finals, adding that “the pain is getting unbearable” for the World Best Player.

Messi’s retirement came after Argentina lost to their South American rivals on penalties but his decision to quit the international stage has been a major point for discussions around the world.

Events that followed his retirement led to a majority of his teammates and coach Gerardo Martino quitting the national team.

Though the crisis in Argentina FA seem to have been put under control, the new national team coach Edgardo Bauza is ‘confident’ the forward will return, and Valdano agrees.

Image: Lionel Messi

“My feeling was that he left the locker room with an unbearable weight on his back and unloaded on the first microphone he found. And with a relaxed, lucid, simple speech, as he does things…when he finished speaking, he felt the relief of releasing that burden,” Valdano told Argentina’s La Nacion, Football Espana reports.

“I think 29 is an age of plenty. And that has been shown, he has managed to be the best player in the world as a forward, a false nine, and now a playmaker. Football is in his head all the time.

“It would be a good idea to convince him to return as soon as possible, but time should help healing his frustrations. The absence of a player with this mythological force contributes to the feeling of helplessness of the players when they go out to play.

“When I saw Diego Maradona and Daniel Passarella, I thought ‘nothing can go wrong now.’ That’s the influence of leaders on the group and Messi is very important, even for opponents.”

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