“I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” these are the words of a certain Argentinian superstar after the Copa America final defeat to Chile just last week.
One of the best football players in the world, Lionel Messi has declared that he wants to quit playing for the Argentinian international team. The real question is it time for him to retire? or is he just tired of losing?
Not surprisingly, the whole of Argentina is against the decision, the love Messi and want him to continue playing for the national team. They know and understand that Messi is their best player and that they would continue to compete on a world stage without him wearing the number 10 jersey. It is, however, unfair to make Messi responsible for the losses when then the team is composed of more players, coaches, and even the supporters.
Once Messi announced his decision to retire, two more players from the national team, Aguero and Mascherano, have also started to contemplate their international futures as well. To many people, these three losses would spark the end of the Argentinian international team until the new generation of players starts stepping up and taking their places.
The comments that he’s tired of losing comes after his fourth final loss with the Argentina and he’s admitted that he feels responsible for the losses and the failures of the team, not simply in the finals but in all of Argentina’s competitive fixtures. But this last time, the Copa America final against Chile was the straw that broke the camels back. Messi, unable to hide his disappointment any further, decided it was time to call it a day.
The announcement sent shock waves around the world as no one would have expected that Messi was ready to hang up his Argentina jersey for good at the age of only 29 – especially as he was planning on continuing his career with Barcelona.
Some of Messi’s achievements include winning: Five FIFA World Player of the Year Awards, eight Spanish La Liga titles, four Champions League titles and the Olympic gold medal with Argentina in 2008 and not to mention the amount of money he raises through printed merchandise – with this impressive list of titles should he rethink his decision to retire?
So, what side are you on? Do you agree with Lionel and lose his presence at the 2018 World Cup finals? Or do you think that he should continue to fight for his country? Obviously, the fairest thing to do would be to support him in whichever decision he decides to make. After all, he has given us all some of the best moments in football’s history.
Let me know in the comments below if you think Messi should stay or go.