Messi’s retirement announcement has shaken up everybody. Now Diego Maradona has urged Argentina captain Lionel Messi not to retire from international football despite their Copa America final defeat to Chile. Maradona, who said prior to the Copa America Centenario that Messi lacked the personality to lead his country, has asked Messi to retract his decision and play on until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“Messi has to stay in the national team. He has to stay because he still has playing days ahead of him,” Maradona was quoted as saying by La Nacion newspaper online.
“He will go to Russia in form to be world champion” at the 2018 World Cup, he added.