Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) superstar Lionel Messi has expressed his sympathy for former Argentina teammate Gonzalo Higuain, who recently announced his retirement from football.
Higuain has enjoyed a successful footballing career, playing for top European clubs such as Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus. He made 75 appearances for Argentina before retiring from the national team in 2019.
The Inter Miami centre-forward also announced his retirement from club football earlier this month. He announced that he will be hanging up his boots at the end of the current Major League Soccer (MLS) season.
Lionel Messi has now admitted he is sad that Higuain has put an end to his ‘spectacular’ career. The PSG superstar explained that Pipita’s achievements are difficult to match. He said DirecTV Sports [via Infobae]:
“The Pipa thing was terrible because he had a spectacular career. What he did was very difficult because he played in the best teams in the world, always performing, scoring goals and becoming champion. He’s also made a name for himself at the Copa America and at the World Cup.”
Higuain was often the subject of severe criticism and abuse during his footballing career. The forward slammed football’s toxic social media culture when he announced his retirement earlier this month. He said:
“Football has a certain toxic feeling on social media. You cannot imagine the damage that comments on social networks do. I really suffered, my family helped me. So people should think before attacking social media – it’s a really serious issue.”
Lionel Messi confirmed these statements by insisting Higuain was often treated harshly. The PSG striker further claimed that even part of the journalists were guilty. He added:
“I think after he won the Copa America, people recognized him more. But back then they were very tough, very critical and we had reached the World Cup final [in 2014] and two Copa America finals [in 2015 and 2016]which is no small matter, it is very difficult.”
“He’s been abused by a sector of journalists, people consume that and then take it to the fields.”
Higuain played 61 games with PSG superstar Lionel Messi
Higuain has played 61 times for the Argentine national team with Lionel Messi. The two even scored 16 times for the South American country.
The PSG superstar will notably be without Higuain at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. At 35, it won’t be long before Messi decides to hang up his boots too.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-at-time-harsh-critical-psg-superstar-lionel-messi-hits-back-journalists-mistreating-ex-argentina-attacker?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “At the time, they were very harsh and critical”