Lionel Messi’s Ego

Copa America Centenario Argentina Chile Soccer
Argentina’s Lionel Messi waits for trophy presentations after the Copa America Centenario championship soccer match, Sunday, June 26, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J. Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in penalty kicks to win the championship. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

If you can’t stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, so the saying goes.  Football superstar Lionel Messi suggested he will quit the Argentine National Team as a result of the loss suffered in today’s Copa final.

“The national team is over for me,” Messi told the Argentine network TyC Sports. “It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”

I understand he has the weight of a nation on his shoulders.  And such expectations are not unreasonable considering his statistics.  It appears clear that his comments were driven by an injured ego, rather than rational thought, in the aftermath of yet another emotional loss.  Personally, I would have preferred if he hadn’t added to the drama of the match.


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