Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero along with five other Argentine players have decided to take retirement after the conclusion of the ongoing World Cup.
Mirror.co.uk reports that at least seven high-profile Argentine players are set to retire
UK’s prominent media outlet Mirror reported on Friday that Barcelona’s striker Lionel Messi, Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero along with Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, and possibly Gonzalo HInguain will put off their boots after the conclusion of the World Cup, in which the team has performed terribly so far.
The report said, “There have been claims – from sources close to the Argentina camp – of a number of high-profile Argentina players quitting international football after Russia, led by Messi and including Aguero, Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, Ever Banega, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano and possibly Gonzalo Higuain.”
Argentina’s flop of the century
Runners-up Argentina are on the verge of getting knocked out of the tournament after their embarrassing 3-0 loss to Croatia on the 2nd match day on Thursday. The South-American country started their campaign with a draw against Iceland.
The players are said to be disillusioned with coach Jorge Sampaoli’s style of play, who substituted Aguero with 36 minutes of the match remaining against Croatia when they were already trailing by a goal.
Croatia opened the scoring against Argentina through Ante Rebic, before Real Madrid’s Luka Modric doubled the lead with a perfect strike and Ivan Rakitic scored to assure their side of a place in the last 16.