Lionel Messi is the first one to endure hardship when Argentina fail to deliver and any criticism aimed at him is unfair, says Sergio Aguero.
A defeat to France in the Last 16 of the 2018 World Cup saw Argentina exit from the competition prompting a heartbroken Lionel Messi to announce his retirement from the national team.
Finishing anything less than as winners is not something the six-time Ballon d’Or winner, having won multiple Champions League, La Liga, and other domestic trophies, is known for.
While Messi’s decision came as a shock for many, it was understandable. After all, having finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, failing to win Copa America despite reaching back-to-back finals in 2015 and 2016, he has always been the second-best while playing for his country.
The 32-year old later reversed his decision and participated in last year’s Copa America. Argentina could reach only up to the semifinals and once again, fingers were pointed towards the Barcelona forward.
Speaking to TyC Sports, Sergio Aguero defended his fellow countryman.
“I do not understand those who criticize him in the national team,” he said. “He is the first to suffer and continues to come.”