Messi's requests to continue playing for Argentina revealed
July 27, 2018 10:53 AM NPT
The Argentine footballer had a disappointing World Cup, but he is willing to consider an extension of his international career.
Lionel Messi's retirement from international duty has been under questioning ever since La Albiceleste was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup. "La Pulga" is yet to confirm his decision, but there are good and bad news regarding this issue, according to sources cited by Argentine newspaper Clarín.
Contrary to what happened right after the 2016 Copa América Final, Messi has remained silent about his future with La Albiceleste, and according to AFA's president, Claudio Tapia, the player is keen on returning to the National Team, but he may choose to do so next year.
And here's where it gets ugly for AFA's execs, since Messi has reportedly named a list of requests that need to be fulfilled if they want to rejoice watching him play with the blue and white jersey.
First off, Messi wants the team to hire a boss that has his own tactical approach, and doesn't give in to their demands, thinking about how most tacticians have blamed him for the team's recent performances. As of now, several coaches have been linked to the job, but AFA officers are yet to appoint Jorge Sampaoli's replacement.
Messi's second condition has to do with his role inside the team. Yes, he might be talented enough to carry the team's weight, but he doesn't want to be the team's only option when thing get tough. Adding players that can rise up to the occasion will be crucial, even if he doesn't get along with them.
Last, but not least, Messi has grown tired of the political disputes over the Argentine Football Association. If all those involved in controlling the fate of Argentine football can't decide who will be in charge, he won't return to the National Team.
That final point in his shortlist is crucial, since Messi was forced to pay AFA execs from his own pocket, since most coaches hadn't collected any paychecks for up to six months, which was also the reason for Gerardo Martino's resignation a couple of years ago.
Meanwhile, Messi is still enjoying some time off before he starts pre-season with Barcelona. The smart money believes that Messi will return with the South American side, but his conditions are not easy to satisfy. Only time will tell if AFA execs give in to his demands.