Real Madrid’s star and Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has said it hurt him to see his Barcelona rival Lionel Messi in tears after the defeat in the Copa America Centenario final against Chile.
Argentina’s captain Messi made the stunning decision to retire from international football in emotional moment and few comments made straight after he had missed in the penalty shootout as his country lost to Chile.
The third successive summer in which the Albiceleste have been beaten in a major final.
“It hurts me to see Messi in tears and I hope he returns to his national team, because they need him,” Ronaldo said.
Ronaldo has also missed penalties, most recently during Portugal’s 0-0 draw against Austria in a Euro 2016 group game and then so many question asked to him and he also got angry.
“[Messi] is not used to defeats and disappointments, not even to finishing second,” Ronaldo said. “To miss a penalty does not make you a bad person.”
Messi has been criticised by some fans and pundits in his home country over the course of his international career, but many have rallied behind the 29-year-old since his latest disappointment, with even Argentina national president Mauricio Macri calling on him to rethink the decision to retire.
However, Ronaldo said that people should accept that Messi has the right to make his own decisions over his career.
“He has taken a difficult decision and the fans should accept it,” he added.