Suarez confident Messi will return for Argentina


Beunos Aires—Luis Suarez is sure Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will return to playing for Argentina in the future.
Following Sunday’s 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium, Messi, who missed his spot-kick, called time on his international career.
It represented the 29-year-old’s fourth defeat in a major final with his country, with the disappointment of failing to end his nation’s 23-year trophy drought proving too much.
However, Suarez, who claimed a double with Messi at Barcelona in 2015-16 and a treble the season prior, believes he will reverse his decision.
“Knowing Leo I’m sure he said it in a moment of sadness and helplessness,” the Uruguayan told Radio Tenfield.
“It would be a shame for football if he takes this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.
“It is a difficult time. Everyone has the right to make their decisions and all are respectable.
“Whatever they say will be the best player in the history of football.”
Argentina cannot afford to let Lionel Messi retire from international football, insists Oscar Ruggeri.
Messi, who became his country’s all-time highest scorer with his 55th international strike in the semi-final win over the United States, missed a spot-kick as Argentina were beaten 4-2 on penalties by Chile in the Copa America Centenario final on Sunday.
Having also been on the losing side in finals at the 2007 and 2015 Copa America, as well as the 2014 World Cup, the 29-year-old brought his international career to an end in the aftermath of the defeat at MetLife Stadium.
However, Ruggeri, a World Cup winner in 1986 and part of the last Argentina side to win a major trophy at Copa America 1993, hopes Messi’s participation can salvaged in future.
He told Omnisport: “I believe that when he calms down, with his people and his family, it is a decision that he will have to think about carefully “We, as Argentines, can’t afford ourselves the luxury of letting the best player in the world leave us this way, because he is still in good shape.—AFP

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