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Argentina President Begs Messi To Rethink Retirement

Argentina President Begs Lionel Messi To Rethink Retirement

By David Kappel - Jun 29, 2016 11:44 AM @kappilinho

Lionel Messi shocked the football world when he announced his international retirement after the Albiceleste's Copa America final defeat, and now even Argentina's president has begged the superstar to rethink his decision.

Read: Maradona Comments On Messi's Retirement

The 29-year-old was distraught after the 4-2 penalty shootout defeat, during which he missed the first spot-kick for his side, against Chile, and announced it was his last game for his national team.

The news has caused a massive uproar in his home country, with fans and legends insisting the Argentina captain should not retire yet.

The country's president, Mauricio Macri, has now revealed that he called Messi to tell him to "ignore some of the nonsense", according to The New York Times.

Macri, who is a former president of Argentina giants Boca Juniors, says he wants to meet Messi in person in order to persuade him to rethink his decision.

"The truth is that it's good fortune, a joy, a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a country like ours that is so football-crazy," he added.

The defeat against Chile was the fourth final Messi had lost with the national team, having already missed out on the 2007 Copa, the 2014 FIFA World and last year's Copa against the same opponents.

"The national team is over for me," a broken Messi told Argentine TV network TyC Sports after the game.

"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."

Gallery: Messi & Other Stars Who Retired Too Early

Overall, Messi has made 113 appearances for Argentina and recently became the country's all-time record scorer after netting his 55th goal in Argentina's Copa semi-final win over the USA.

Do you think Messi will rethink his Argentina retirement? Have your say in the comments section below.


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Tshishudu Joined: 15 Feb 2013
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Tshishudu Jun 30, 2016 07:23 AM
Yes, Messi will rethink his Argentina retirement
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Mqhesanaa wa lekhosiiii Joined: 23 May 2016
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Mqhesanaa wa lekhosiiii Jun 29, 2016 10:03 PM
Ofcause his country need him is not the end to miss penalty or not to win a silver ware with his national team
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Shiloh wa le khosi Joined: 18 May 2016
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Shiloh wa le khosi Jun 29, 2016 09:16 PM
@Faysal He Should Rethink De desicion Coz Argentina Still Need Him
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Faysal Jun 29, 2016 08:58 PM
Give last try go to russia and harass every one
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Bhekisisa_KINGSISA_Sosibo Jun 29, 2016 07:53 PM
@lulikho Kwaaaaaa cowerds though......
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Bhekisisa_KINGSISA_Sosibo Jun 29, 2016 07:52 PM
Kwa kwaa kwaa kwaaa kwaaaa
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lulikho Jun 29, 2016 06:56 PM
Lol cowditor, your headline contradicts the entire article...
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Pholish Moyana Jun 29, 2016 06:35 PM
He is only taking a break
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Powerade_202 Jun 29, 2016 05:39 PM
Ima cr7 die hard but i hate it when a player breaks down like this. This is just football after all, its not life and death.
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Machine_Gun_Killer Jun 29, 2016 05:35 PM
Lol u will retire at barca's cause that's where he will shine no where else.
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Machine_Gun_Killer Jun 29, 2016 05:33 PM
Obviously he will change his mind, he just seek attention.
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ndosi#11 Jun 29, 2016 04:31 PM
Missi must cumbek, dey wil miss him
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TeedowaLekhosi Jun 29, 2016 03:13 PM
He should at least until world cup
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siyandat Jun 29, 2016 02:59 PM
higuan missed n easy chip to beat chille n they were all over chille they played well but messi cant do it all by himself n believe me if i were him ad feel the sam way!
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siyandat Jun 29, 2016 02:59 PM
higuan missed n easy chip to beat chille n they were all over chille they played well but messi cant do it all by himself n believe me if i were him ad feel the sam way!
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T T Larry Jun 29, 2016 02:48 PM
Let this cow go he cost you a lot
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Fk_Mbhele Jun 29, 2016 02:42 PM
dnt b grumpy messi'ah ua far beta dan penaldo. Ua stl da world best. Penaldo wl retire wthout testing a final wth his country let alne a champs' medal. Olny once he did
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Mighty Bruce Jun 29, 2016 02:35 PM
CRY BABY...UFUNA UKUNCENGWA...HE WILL STILL FAIL....
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Kgwara Jun 29, 2016 02:35 PM
Just like pig the are on the same level. Even if he re-thinks the outcomes will be the same. Goat will retire again
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Kgwara Jun 29, 2016 02:32 PM
He must just save his face from other embarrassment bcz i dont see this goal winning with argentina, he is only better at barca

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