Angry' Lionel Messi: My son, 6, asks me why in Argentina they want to kill me

Posted Saturday, March 30, 2019 by

"ANGRY" Lionel Messi says his six-year-old son asked him why Argentina fans want to "kill" him.

The Barcelona legend slammed "many lies" after he pulled out of his country's second friendly last week with injury.

Angry' Lionel Messi: My son, 6, asks me why in Argentina they want to kill me
Lionel Messi with sons Mateo, three, and Thiago, six

Messi is furious but "not surprised" his commitment to Argentina is questioned and that some people believe he over-rules decisions made by his international coaches.

The 31-year-old told Argentine radio show Club Octubre 94.7 FM: "My son [Thiago] is always looking on YouTube and saw a video. He asked me why in Argentina they want to kill me!

"But I like to keep going. I still want to win something with the national team.

"I am going to play all the important games. We already reached a World Cup final [2014] and this is not that easy."

Messi played the whole of last Friday's 3-1 defeat against Venezuela but returned to the Nou Camp due to a groin problem before Tuesday's 1-0 win over Morocco.

He said of the criticism he faced from fans: "I am not surprised at all. There are many lies and fabricated things.

"It makes me angry because people believe in what is said. It was customary to say things about me, to invent.

"The reality is that I come with a pubalgia [groin injury] from before the December break and I have been training a little, not playing all the matches".

Messi added: "I don't want to make a reality all the lies they say about me.

"I don't decide on the national team coaches. I am hearing these bad things and it is hard to enjoy in that scenario."

Argentina's recent failure to gel or win major trophies despite having a multi-talented squad has riled their fans and media.

And Messi's biggest regret is losing the 2014 World Cup final, 1-0 to Germany.

He said: "If we had won the World Cup in Brazil all would be different today.

"We lost because of small details. After that there were a lot of messes and I think the press should have dealt with it in a different way."

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