Lionel Messi Retires from Internation Football. Is it a premature decision?
Argentinian Soccer star Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football and he has said that his days are over with the Argentina’s national football team. He announced his retirement just after the COPA America final against Chile, which Argentina once again lost out on the Penalties. To make things worse, Messi himself missed a kick during the penalty shoot-out in the Finals of the COPA America final agains Chile.
This loss has made Messi disappointed as this was the third major final loss for Argentina in the last few years. First it was the World Cup football final in 2014, which the Argentinian team lost to Germany 0-1. Then came the COPA America final in 2015, which Argentina lost to Chile in the penalty shoot-out. Again in 2016, Argentina again clashed with Chile for the titles of COPA America tournament and yet again managed to lose out in the penalty kicks.
Lionel Messi has been the pillar of Argentina’s national football team for more than a decade and is also regarded as one of the best football players in the world. He has played in several world cup tournaments, but not had the luck to win the trophy. Messi currently plays for FC Barcelona, where he have reaped enough fame and success. Messi is Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer in International football with 55 goals scored in 112 matches.
Lionel Messi was considered a much skilled and brilliant player than his predecessor Diego Maradona and has always managed to stay away from rumours and other issues that have plagued the international football arena. He has been the soul of Argentina’s football team and carried the burden of Argentina’s hope on his shoulders for a long time. Argentina’s national football team was not able to win a major Football tournament since its COPA America victory in 1993 and the wait for another major trophy has reached 23 years.
Messi had a huge fan base world-wide and his decision to retire from the international football will leave these fans dejected for so many reasons. When it comes about Messi’s age, he is just 29 and still has plenty of football to play and has a lot to offer for Argentina’s National football team. As per most of his fans, it was a very much premature decision and he should have stayed and played for the team for atleast till the next world cup.
He is fit enough and also at his best form when compared with other players. Argentina is desperate for a major tournament victory and Messi is the best man to lead them for achieving that atleast for the next few year. Messi’s current age is when most of the players start to be at their peak and his retirement decision at such an early age has left his fans shocked.
After the retirement of Diego Maradona, Argentina’s national football team was not able to find a suitable replacement who could match Maradona’s skills and talent. There was a huge void left after Maradona atleast for a decade and Argentina’s national team looked and performed like a below average team. But with the arrival of Lionel Messi, Argentina soon started to see someone with special and rare football skills, who could take Argentina to newer heights in the world football arena.
He started to share Argentina’s burden of hopes on his shoulders and did his job perfectly to a great extent. In my personal opinion he should have waited for some more years before deciding to hang his boots. He is by far the best contemporary player in world football and he should not get dejected for losing the final against Chile as it is all part of the game. He might have missed an easy penalty kick, but this is not the end of the road for him. He still has a lot of energy and skills to be showcased that can help in uplifting the overall quality of the game.
Hope that the authorities intervene in his matter in a better way and make him revoke his decision for the sake of football loving fans worldwide. This is because, it is not just the loss for Argentina, rather it is a loss for the whole world.