‘Mexit’ has recently become the buzzword in the world of football. After Argentina’s defeat in Copa America final, Lionel Messi has decided to step out of any international football in future. This decision – to retire from international football- seems to be an impulsive one. It was an afterthought (a painful one) by the disappointment of losing another final. The frustration, despondence and anger is very much valid. There was a time when Diego Maradona cried on receiving the runners up medal. This was the scenario in Italy in 1990. He and his team needed the trophy badly and they did everything possible to get it. Yet, they did not fare that well and could not win. It happens. It is but natural for winners to feel bad about it.
MESSI BIDS ADIEU TO INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL
In the final match, Leo had missed the tie breaker shot. Argentina could have easily got the lead by 1-0 as Vidal had also missed a shot. It could have been decisive as well. But that is how football is. We cannot name even a single player who has never missed a penalty. Even the Maradona missed in 1990 World Cup. Christiano Ronaldo has missed many such penalties. In the last Copa final, did Argentina gain victory even after Messi converted the tie breaker? No right? The two players after Messi failed to hit the target. A game like football is highly unpredictable. It is not like cricket, tennis and badminton where you can play easily calculated shots. Such missings can happen in football. Failures do come by and this is life. For Lep, we can say that time will definitely heal this and he will be cajoled to play for La Albiceleste.
What is this all about?
It is not normal for us to see men cry. Yet Messi made for this disturbing view. It was such a shocking turn from a man who was recently impatiently sauntering around Alexis Sanchez as the Chilean writhed in pain after being struck in nether regions. Sergio came to check but Messi would have nothing to do with his ex Barcelona striking mate. This incidence will take you back to the time when just before Argentina kicked off their World Cup 2014, Messi was entirely oblivious to the presence of a child in the player’s tunnel at Maracana. The little boy had happily offered his hand for Messi to shake but much to his shame, Messi was lost in a world of his own. He was looking straight ahead with a ball tucked under his arm.
There is no wonder that the Maradona paradigm is extremely crushing in Argentinian football. It is nearly impossible to find a successor for the cultural sporting symbolism that Maradona so easily represented. We fail to remember that even the Brazilians took 24 years to win the World Cup after 1970. Argentina is still looking for it, 30 years hence the magic of 1966 World Cup where Maradona established his timeless genius. He gave the most crushing impact of all time.
All I think is that hopes with Messi have been set too high. Not only people hope a lot from him but also he has set a very high standard for his ownself. He has also been receiving a lot of criticism off lately. Some people have become so bold as to say that he does not feel the shirt. Such criticism is just not needed to over burden a person with more unease. Messi had been showing signs of breaking down. It will do him good to call it off for sometime. In that duration he should train himself to the perfection of a tiger and then return to the field.