Despite the overwhelming success of global football icon, Lionel Messi, the Argentine legend has not won any laurel for his country, Argentina at senior level.
Yet he has been phenomenally successful with his club, FC Barcelona and had Olympic gold medal with the Argentina in 2008 and winning the U20 World Cup in 2005 as his only success for Argentina.
Incidentally, Sports Village Square recalls, his two international successes were contests against Nigerian teams.
At the peak of frustration at international level, Sports Village Square recalls that the iconic footballer twice announced international retirement before being forced to change his mind.
His mother, Celia Cuccitini, speaking to the CNN admitted the whole family wants the 32-year-old to win a major trophy with Argentina. However, she said that Messi, wants an international trophy with the national team more than anybody else.
“All of the family knows he has a debt with Argentina but nobody wants to win a World Cup or a Copa America more than him.
“People can think he played bad. We actually do the same, we tell him. You have no idea! I give him a hard
Besides, Celia addressed the criticism Barca’s captain is getting in Argentina.
“It hurts a lot because you can criticise without mocking.
“There are some people that can be insulting. As a mother, that obviously hurts me. He does not have to be liked by the whole world”.
Messi came really close to winning an international trophy three times during his career. Argentina lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and were beaten by Chile in the Copa America final in 2015 and 2016.