Lionel Messi!! An Argentine professional footballer who plays forward for Spanish club Barcelona. He is considered as the best player in the world and rated by many in the sport as greatest of all time. He is the only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballons d’Or and three European golden shoes.
For years, Messi gave his everything for his country, served the team, travelled world, suffered reproval from his own supporters. Coupled with the heartbreak of defeat of Barcelona to Chile in Cope America, the Barcelona striker declared that he is going to give up on his commitment after Sunday’s final.
Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo, reporting from Buenos Aires, said some of the star’s critics had revamped their script after his announcement.
“Even though Lionel Messi is an international football star, he was widely criticised in Argentina because he never won a major cup wearing the national colours,” she said.
The match was quite uninspiring.This is the fourth time Messi reached the final strike of the major tournament and returned loosing it.
Argentineans were so attached with the football.Many claimed that he don’t have rage for the team.But since his retirement was declared,Millions wept pleading him not to leave the team. Country’s President, Mauricion Macri called him ‘God’s Gift’ asked to reconsider the decision.
“I am worried because Lionel Messi said he was leaving the Argentinean national team … please, Messi, don’t leave you are the best thing we have,” a young boy named Alexis said during a break from playing a football game in the capital’s 31 slum.