• Lionel Messi’s Argentina retirement must be respected – Xavi

    Lionel Messi’s Argentina retirement must be respected – Xavi

    Xavi Hernandez says his former Barcelona colleague Lionel Messi’s decision to quit international football with Argentina must be respected.

    Messi, 29, announced his retirement from the national team after he missed a penalty during a shootout defeat to Chile in last month’s Copa America Centenario final, in what was a third consecutive loss in a major final for La Albiceleste.

    The announcement has shocked world and Argentine football, with Argentina legend Diego Maradona and national president Mauricio Macri among those calling on […]