‘It hurts to see Lionel Messi in tears’: Barcelona star finds support from an unexpected source as Real Madrid rival Cristiano Ronaldo offers sympathy
- Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina lost in the Copa America final
- It was Messi’s fourth time on the losing side in a major international final
- The Barcelona star retired from international football after the defeat
- Cristiano Ronaldo offered his rival words of support and said he hopes Messi reconsiders his international future
Lionel Messi has found support following his Copa America disappointment from a highly unexpected source, great rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
After missing a penalty in the Copa America final as Argentina fell agonisingly short against Chile Messi decided to call time on his international career. It was the fourth defeat in a major international tournament for the Barcelona man, providing rare blemishes on an otherwise immaculate CV.
The personal rivalry between Ronaldo and his Barcelona counterpart is well known, with the two seemingly locked in two-man duel for individual pre-eminence in world football in recent years.
Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Argentina lost the Copa America final on penalties to Chile
Messi was distraught after missing his penalty in Argentina’s Copa America final shootout defeat
Cristiano Ronaldo says it ‘hurt’ to see his rival in tears and that he hopes Messi plays for Argentina again
The Real Madrid star is preparing for one of the biggest games in his international career, a Euro 2016 semi-final clash against Wales, which makes it even more surprising that offered Messi words of support.
Ronaldo says he hopes that Messi reconsiders his international tournament and sympathised with the Argentine over his shootout miss.
‘Messi has taken a tough decision and people should understand. He is not accustomed to defeats and disappointments, not even finish the second. Missing a penalty does not make you a bad player,’ Ronaldo told Mundo Deportivo.
‘It hurts to see Messi in tears and I hope he returns to his country, because he needs it.’
Ronaldo, like Messi has never won an international tournament. The closest the 31-year-old came was in the upset defeat to Greece in his home tournament back in 2004.
The 2016 defeat was the Messi’s fourth major international tournament final loss, including the 2015 edition
Argentina also lost out in the 2014 World Cup final when Germany scored in extra time to win 1-0
The Barcelona No 10 suffered defeat in the 2007 Copa America final, going down 3-0 to Brazil in Venezuela
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