STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Ronaldo 'hurt by seeing Messi cry' after Copa America debacle

Messi and Ronaldo have been fiercely competing for years for their respective side’s supremacy in La Liga.

Published: 06th July 2016 12:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2016 12:50 AM   |  A+A-

Messi_Ronaldo_AP
By ANI

LONDON: : Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly revealed that he was ‘hurt’ to see his arch rival Lionel Messi in tears following the Copa America loss but expressed hope that his Argentine counterpart will reconsider his international retirement.

The Barcelona talisman shocked the football world by announcing his international retirement after Argentina lost to Chile on penalties in the Copa America Centenario final last month.

This was the fourth time Messi has tasted defeat in a major tournament final. Apart from losing three Copa America finals (2007, 2015, 2016), the Messi-led Argentina were also beaten by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

Following the 4-2 loss on penalties, a visibly distraught Messi said that it hurts not to be a champion despite reaching four finals, adding that "the national team is over for me."

In an interview to a Spanish newspaper, the Real Madrid forward requested people to understand Messi’s “tough decision” while pointing out that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was not “accustomed to defeats and disappointments, not even finish the second”, the Mirror reported.

Messi and Ronaldo have been fiercely competing for years for their respective side’s supremacy in La Liga and their annual tussle for Ballon d’Or, the award given to world’s best male player.

The Portuguese international, who is leading his side at the Euro 2016, also said missing a penalty doesn’t make one a bad player, referring Messi’s missed penalty in the pulsating finale.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp