Messi could hang up his Argentine boots: GrondonaJuly 15th, 2011 - 6:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, July 15 (IANS) Argentine Football Association (AFA) president Julio Grondona warned that Lionel Messi could end his international career if the fans and the Argentine media continue their criticism of the Barcelona star.
Messi is under fierce criticism for his below-par performances in the first two group games at the Copa America. Now as Argentina gear up for their quarterfinal clash against Uruguay, Grondona warned that Messi could end his international career if fans expect him to replicate his form for Barcelona.
“The solution would be for Messi to say: ‘I will not come any more, I will stay in Spain’. What everyone acknowledges is that the Argentines want to put him down. Messi was born in Rosario, he lived and played there, he had growth problems. He followed his path, found a place - Barcelona - and they took care of him as if he was born there,” Grondona was quoted as saying by Radio Cooperativa
“And despite this, he said no to Spain because he wanted to play for Argentina. We have to reflect on this,” he said.
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