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The Argentina international Lionel Messi, who is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games has recently broke his silence on his international suspension for the first time and claimed that he does not take note of what critics say about him.
— Yahoo Sport UK (@YahooSportUK) April 5, 2017
The Argentina ace Lionel Messi's suspension for "having directed insulting words at an assistant referee" during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz, where Argentina went on to lose the qualifier 2-0.
That resulted in him being singled out for criticism by some in his homeland, but the 29-year-old Argentinean wasn't fazed by it and reiterated his commitment to his country.
As speaking to the Esquire magazine in Mexico, Messi said, "I understand the people who always want us to win and demand that we deliver a trophy and those of us who play for the national team want to win a title too,"
"The criticism I receive isn't something I care about because I know about the things that happened."