Diego Maradona believes that Lionel Messi’s Argentina National Team days are over. The 1986 World Cup winner, who coached Messi and Argentina in the 2010 World Cup, has recently come out and said that he thinks Messi will never return to the national team.
When speaking with Radio La Red, Maradona commented on the Messi situation saying, “I think Messi will say ‘no’ to [Argentina head coach] Bauza. That’s what I think, although I may be wrong. What’s happened with Messi exposes [what’s been going on behind the scenes for] a lifetime. How is it that the families of the [Argentine Football Association] leaders are more comfortable than those of the players?”
It is reported that new Argentina head coach Edgardo Buaza has travelled all the way to Barcelona to speak with Messi and convince him to come back to the national team.
Lionel Messi controversially retired from international football after losing the 2016 Copa America Centenario final to Chile on penalties, his fourth international final defeat with Argentina.
“For me, the national team is over. I’ve done all I can,” Messi famously told reporters after that Copa America loss. “It hurts not to be a champion. It’s been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over. I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone. I think there’s a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.”
Edgardo Buaza and the AFA shouldn’t just be worried about Messi though, as it is reported that a few other stars are contemplating their international futures. According to ESPN Deportes, Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano, Sergio Romero, and Gonzalo Higuain are all considering their futures with the national team.
After being eliminated in the group stage at the Olympics a few days ago, the Argentine national team desperately needs to get things together should they hope to climb back to the summit of international football, and in order to do that they desperately need Lionel Messi.