Messi to stick with Argentina

2011-07-15 08:19

Buenos Aires - Lionel Messi says he will continue to play for Argentina despite harsh criticism about his performance for the national team.

Messi on Thursday responded to Julio Grondona, the president of the Argentina Football Association, who suggested the star Barcelona playmaker could quiet the criticism by declining to play for his country.

Messi and Argentina played poorly in their first two group games in the Copa America and were booed off the pitch in one of them. But on Monday, Argentina beat Costa Rica 3-0 to reach the quarterfinals, and Messi showed some of the form he regularly displays with Barcelona.

"Although they criticise me, I will always come to the national team," Messi said in a press conference. "Criticism by the fans bothers me and everyone, but we are aware that we didn't do things correctly."

"Nobody likes to be whistled at," Messi added. "It happened because the team did not play well."

Grondona, in a radio interview, talked tongue-in-cheek about Messi staying away.

"The solution would be if he (Messi) said: 'I'm not coming again, I'm staying in Spain'."


  • delcelton - 2011-07-15 08:29

    who cares!!!

      Reacher - 2011-07-15 13:50

      @delcelton: Clearly you do, you took the time to see the article headline, click the link, read the article then make a comment. Obviously you are super retarded in this regard, though that is probably your mother / sisters fault (they are the same person)

      delcelton - 2011-07-15 15:00

      @ Reacher: thats not nice....but its ok. i meant who cares what Argentina supporters say about Messi. He is still the best.

  • TRUE Red - 2011-07-15 09:40

    did you see the last game against Costa Rica ? It was ALL Messi - he literally tore them apart !

  • Will99 - 2011-07-15 09:51

    Still the best football player of our time!

  • Pallazo - 2011-07-15 10:07

    If you playing along useless players what else could you do. Create chances for your attackers and they squander. Should that be Messi's problem? He can do so much till he gets to play along cleverer players like DeMaria, etc. Plus Baptista knows Argentine players (by nature) play slow build up touch football so now whats up with this English type rush rush and long balls. I dont see Argentina going far with or with no Messi in this one till they go back to their style that suits every including Messi.

      thundyr - 2011-07-16 06:51

      Not enough players on their team are willing to use deliberate handball to win. That is why they fail.

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