Messi’s worst mo­ment with Ar­gentina

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Lionel Messi ex­pe­ri­enced his worst mo­ment in an Ar­gentina shirt when he lost a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive fi­nal in the 2016 Copa Amer­ica, on penal­ties to Chile.

Elvio Paolorosso, Ger­ardo Martino’s fit­ness coach, de­scribed the No.10’s tough mo­ment in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the painful de­feat.

“The dress­ing room af­ter the Copa Amer­ica was very painful, but the worst was to come,” he said.

“At 2 in the morn­ing, more or less, I went to the store room and found Leo [Messi] com­pletely alone, cry­ing like a kid who lost his mother,” Paolor­rosso admit­ted.

“He was dis­traught and no­body could con­sole him. I gave him a hug and we had a lit­tle whine to­gether.

“I had Messi in Barcelona and Ar­gentina and all I have for him are words of grat­i­tude. He al­ways co­op­er­ated well and even no­ticed if the pitch was hard or soft,” he fin­ished.

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