Mariano Andujar, Estudiantes de la Plata goalkeeper and Argentina international has defended Lionel Messi on the programme Dos Contra Uno.
He said: “I thought that Leo, truly, was not going to come back. But he loves the national team a lot. He shouldn’t even come. Why should he come? So that they can whistle him? Nobody values him.
They all say ‘Why isn’t he playing as well as in Barcelona?’ He said he would not come and up to 9 of July Avenue they put posters to try and call him back.”
Andujar says that Messi is “the best player in history”. He added: “They say that the national team has to win everything and we are not capable of starting a tournament on time.
We have to come down to earth and recognise that the national team, with the best player in history, have done great things. We didn’t win but it’s not easy to win.”
Argentina have won 15 points from 18 with Messi and just seven from 24 when he hasn’t played.