Argentina President Mauricio Macri has been reported to have joined his people in appealing to Lionel Messi to reconsider his international retirement.
The Barcelona superstar and Argentina skipper retired from international football after Sunday night’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final, Argentina’s third straight major final loss in three years.
Messi had cried openly after missing his penalty in the shootout against Chile and roommate and close friend Sergio Aguero said the skipper was “the worst I’ve seen him.”
Argentine television channel TyC has reported that the country’s president, Mauricio Macri, has called Messi to ask him to reconsider.
Buenos Aires’ underground train network has also joined the fight with signs urging Messi to stay, while a social media campaign #NoTeVayasLio (“don’t go, Lio”) burst into action on Sunday night in the immediate aftermath of the Barcelona star’s shock retirement.