Tevez stands up for Messi after retiring from international football


After the Argentina captain announced he is retiring from international football, Carlos Tevez has come out in defense of compatriot Lionel Messi, Hitting out at the Argentine Football Association (AFA). Messi will no longer play for Argentina was one of the shocking news in the soccer world, have suffered another defeat in a major tournament. Sunday's penalty shootout loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario decider was the fourth time Messi had tasted defeat in a final representing Argentina.

Following losses in the 2007 and 2015 Copa finals, as well as the 2014 World Cup decider, Messi claimed he was "tired" of the national team.  But Tevez, among others, believes the decision was partly due to his poor relationship with the Argentine Football Association (AFA). "The AFA is an absolute mess," Boca Juniors captain Tevez. "Leo sees the players breaking their backs for the shirt and sees the AFA neglecting them. We have to put ourselves in his position. He is tired, and that's standard. He also got tired of the national team a few times.  "We have to give him time. It is obvious that we need him. After a few games have passed and everything at the AFA is a bit more organized, perhaps the national team can seduce him back  and we will be waiting for him."