Lionel Messi Reveals His Son Asked Why The Press In Argentina Is 'Killing' Him

Lionel Messi is one of the most universally loved footballers in the world but the one place he can't get away from criticism no matter what is his home country of Argentina, even his son has noticed.

You won't find many people in the city of Barcelona who don't at least have respect for Lionel Messi. It would be a 100% love in if it wasn't for the fact that Espanyol fans are probably fed up of him being so good, and it's a similar everywhere else in the world.

Of course there's a pocket of Cristiano Ronaldo fans that remain blinded to loving Messi but it's okay the rest of us know how good he is, no matter which one you prefer.

For everything the Argentinian has won though he's yet to pick up any international silverware and that's where the biggest problem in his career is.

Messi has retired from international football, only to come back, and following last summer's World Cup he stopped playing for Argentina for nine months, only making his comeback last week.

Speaking in an interview with Radio 94.7 Club Octubre in his home country the five time Ballon d'Or winner spoke about the abuse he's got from fellow countrymen saying:

"It became customary to say things about me. A lot of lies and invented things, it makes me angry because people believe it.

"My son asked me 'why do they kill you in Argentina?'"

The Messi family watching 'dad.' Image: PA Images
The Messi family watching 'dad.' Image: PA Images

The international week saw Messi return to duty but he couldn't help Argentina as they lost 3-1 to Venezuela in a friendly.

He was meant to appear in their next game, against Morocco, but he didn't play in the game as Angel Correa won the game for the South American side.

Argentina players celebrate their win. Image: PA Images
Argentina players celebrate their win. Image: PA Images

With international forward finished until the end of the season the 31 year old can go back to his club in the knowledge they could still complete a treble this season.

A defence of their La Liga title is likely to come and then they are already in the Copa del Rey final, the big task will be winning another Champions League medal.

No matter how much he wins with Barcelona they'll still be questions until he wins an international tournament.

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

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