Diego Maradona insists Lionel Messi must not follow through on his vow to quit international football . Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri has also personally contacted Messi to try and persuade the Barcelona star to not quit the national team .
An emotional Messi dropped a bombshell following Argentina’ s heartbreaking 4 – 2 penalty shoot – out loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final on Sunday , announcing his intention to walk away from the national team .
But Argentine legend Maradona said Messi must play at the 2018 World Cup .
“ Messi has to stay in the national team . He will go to Russia in form to be world champion, ” Maradona said via La Nacion.
“ He has to rely more on boys who can help take the team forward and less on those who say they have to go . ”
Aspokesman for Argentina’s president told AFP : “He [ Macri] called him and told him how proud he feels of the national team ’ s performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism . ”
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