The past few days following Argentina’s emotional exit from the Copa America has been a whirlwind of coverage regarding the retirement of Lionel Messi.
Government officials and fans alike have begged the Barcelona superstar to reconsider his premature retirement as they fear that this could be the end of any sort of success at the international level for a very long time.
Argentina needs Messi and Messi needs Argentina.
The two are like Starsky and Hutch, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Sonny and Cher…before the divorce.
Messi will be back, that’s not my worry. He’ll regain the fire, call a huge press conference, and all of Argentina will rejoice, except that selfish bastard, Diego Maradona.
The pressing issue of the times is the absolutely abysmal performances by the Napoli man, Gonzalo Higuain.
Granted, I no longer rate Serie A amongst the best leagues in the world, but scoring 36 league goals and breaking the scoring record for the league in the process is quite impressive.
But as soon as he switches his Napoli jersey for an Argentina one, it’s a transformation that is comparable to Jekyll and Hyde.
Higuain managed to get 2 achievements this year:
• Serie A historical top scorer in a single season
• Retire Messi from intl football
— Juventus’ War (@JuventusWAR) June 27, 2016
I know, he scored 4 goals at the Copa America, but frankly I don’t give a damn. He scored a brace against a fading US team.
He had a chance to put Argentina ahead in the 2014 World Cup final. He missed, badly.
Once again he had the chance to break the stalemate in this year’s edition of the Copa America.
You guessed it, Higuain missed again.
He failed himself, his country, and forced Messi into a terribly awkward publicity stunt.
If he were a “world class” striker, he would be putting those chances away and running off to celebrate with his teammates at the corner flag, but he’s not.
Higuain should have been the first to retire from the national team because there’s so much talent behind him. Sergio Kun Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Mauro Icardi are just a few of the class players that have suffered because of Higuain.