Register Login Scores

'It Would Be No Surprise If Messi Retires'

A former Argentina star has admitted that he would not be surprised if Lionel Messi retires from international football again at the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

'Ronaldo Now On A New Level, Above Messi'

Messi, who has failed to fire on all cylinders in Russia so far, looked a deflated figure as his team were hammered 3-0 by Croatia in their second Group D match, and his former national teammate Pablo Zabaleta thinks he could soon walk away from the national team for good.

"I just feel so sorry for Lionel Messi," he told the BBC.

"This was his last chance to win something with Argentina, so I would not be surprised to see him retire from international football after this.

"He will be so disappointed, and it is another four years until Qatar."

Zabaleta also touched on how the supporters back in Argentina must be thinking of the team's performance at the World Cup.

"The people in Argentina will be so angry now," he added.

"You expect more from those players. They are so hungry for this World Cup, and they will not accept this.

"I have never seen a performance like this by Argentina. Never before. There was a lack of spirit, and it is bizarre to see."

'Argentina Stars Were Crying Like Girls!'

Messi has made 124 appearances for his country so far, scoring 64 goals and assisting a further 43 strikes.

Do you think the Blaugrana star will once again retire after the tournament? Have your say in the comments section below. 

nextarticle

Maradona: Players Had My Back, Messi Has No One

Comments

Top 5

How Khune’s Value Rocketed To R20m+

36 Nov 15, 2018 10:02 AM in PSL

Okocha: South Africa Is Not Nigeria's Rivals!

14 Nov 15, 2018 08:00 PM in Bundesliga News

Zungu: We Have A Chance…

14 Nov 16, 2018 09:31 AM in Bafana

Ballon d'Or Top Three Leaked?

37 Nov 12, 2018 08:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Chiefs Star To Be Fit For Soweto Derby?

25 Nov 15, 2018 04:49 PM in Telkom Knockout

The Top Goalscorers In Europe Update

3 Nov 12, 2018 07:33 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ronaldo: What I Told Angry Higuain After Red Card

9 Nov 12, 2018 08:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ballon d'Or Top Three Leaked?

37 Nov 12, 2018 08:33 PM in Ballon d’Or

Matlaba & Sandilands Among Notable Exclusions From Bucs’ CAF Squad

20 Nov 13, 2018 03:22 PM in CAF Champions League

Okocha: Sundowns Are SA's Top Team

79 Nov 13, 2018 06:30 PM in Bundesliga News

The Top Goalscorers In Europe Update

3 Nov 12, 2018 07:33 PM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Ronaldo: What I Told Angry Higuain After Red Card

9 Nov 12, 2018 08:31 AM in Messi/Ronaldo/Neymar Watch

Popular on Soccer Laduma