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Here’s Why Some Of Messi’s Argentina Teammates May Retire With Him

Well, Lionel Messi had a crappy weekend. After breezing through the group stage and knockout rounds of Copa América Centenario, Messi and the albicelestes looked like the favorites to raise the trophy versus Chile (despite Chile’s 7-0 humiliation of Mexico).


Messi, who scored five goals in the tournament, did this when the match went to penalties:

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

Yep. He hit the ball over the crossbar. Fans couldn’t believe it…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

And when Chile won, Messi couldn’t hold back the tears.

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

After the match, Messi shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international football.


“It’s been four finals [that we’ve lost]… this isn’t for me,” said Messi to TyC Sports. Btw, he’s retiring from Argentina’s national team, not from the sport.


After his announcement, lots of people criticized Messi for “giving up.”


Some said his decision to not play for Argentina — he’s still going to play for his club team, Barcelona — was proof that he wasn’t a “winner.”


Messi, who has been criticized* for not carrying Argentina to a title, may be retiring to end the criticism. But he may have other reasons for quitting Argentina’s national team.

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*It’s gotta be rough when two of the world’s greatest players, Pelé and Maradona, are videotaped discussing your lack of leadership skills.


Messi could be unhappy with Argentina’s fútbol federation, which has been accused of corruption for decades. A few days before the Copa América final, Messi fired shots at Argentina’s federation via Instagram:


“Once again waiting on the plane while we wait to leave for our destination. God, the AFA is such a disaster,” wrote Messi. He later apologized for the comments (but he didn’t take down the Instagram post).


That same week, AFA president Luis Segura was removed from his post after he was charged with corruption.

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CREDIT: Credit: C5n / YouTube

Segura is accused of orchestrating shady deals related to TV rights in Argentina. Wondering just how sketchy Argentina’s federation can be? Last year, after the death of then-AFA president Julio Grondona, the federation cast a vote to elect a new president. The federation’s 75 members returned a 38-38 vote — btw, that adds up to 76.


Messi isn’t the only one who announced his retirement. Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano is also hanging up his cleats for Argentina.

Desde las 4 tomando mates en el predio .

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Several others, including Sergio Agüero, Angel Di Maria and Ezequiel Lavezzi, are also rumored to be retiring from Argentina’s national team.

Vamos Argentina !!!!

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Why? Some speculate it’s their way of protesting against a federation that is rife with corruption. If true, that could be eight players gone (including Messi), which is clearly a sign that something isn’t quite right with Argentina’s national team.


Or maybe it’s all just a scheme to save Messi from further criticism…

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CREDIT: Credit: BeingFaruk / Twitter

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READ: Watch Lionel Messi Score An ‘Impossible’ Goal During Training

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What The End Of DAPA Means To This Undocumented Housekeeper

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What The End Of DAPA Means To This Undocumented Housekeeper

Luba Cortés, an LBGT and Immigration activist in New York City, isn’t tiptoeing around her mother’s illegal status in this country. In fact, she just spilled all details of her undocumented life for The New York Times.

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Share your story by clicking the link in our bio. ✊🏾 #NoMoreClosets "My existence is composed of many identities; I'm latinx, I'm queer, and I'm undocumented. By default, my existence challenges all the different systems that exist to break and exploit my brown body. I've been using the label "queer" for almost 2 years now. It took me a long time to get there, "coming out" was never part of my plan because my desires and thoughts never felt unnatural. I never thought I would have to one day publicly announce that I was in fact "queer" but through the movement and my own politicization I chose to debut my sexuality and gender expression to my friends and my comrades. Coming out is not the peak of being queer, and it's not something that you should feel like you have to do. It's okay if you never come out, it's okay if you come out too. There's no shame in any of your choices. It's all about your safety. There are many different ways to live, build, heal, and love. Choose as many as you want. Remember that we continue to endlessly metamorphose. Who invented the closet anyways?" – Luba Cortes, Youth Organizer at Make the Road New York

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Cortés’ childhood took place largely in strangers’ homes. She did her homework while her mother – a housekeeper – scrubbed toilets, dusted and vacuumed other people’s messes. Sometimes she scrubbed right along with her mother.


Cortés recounts the tale of one person refusing to pay her mother: “My mom was being exploited, but she was undocumented, and there was nothing she could do.”


Their hopes of a new life have just been shattered. “She has been undocumented for 16 years. In 2014, we thought this might finally change,” she writes. “President Obama announced a program, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents, which would have protected her from deportation for at least three years and allowed her to get a work permit.”


“From a young age, I understood my place in the world through the eyes of my mother,” Cortés continues. “Her jobs required her to use cleaning products that burned her skin and blurred her vision. Her knees have scars from all the years scrubbing floors. Housekeepers are the heroes of the immigrant economy — they do their work silently, efficiently, and find money on the table after the job is done. There is no exchange of stories.”  Cortés’ mother was certainly not a housekeeper back home in Mexico: “None of the people whose houses my mom has cleaned know that she was a lawyer, that she is an intellectual and passionate person; they don’t know that she crossed a treacherous border, or that she lives with the constant fear of deportation.”


Cortés says they will have to keep fighting the fear and move forward. “In moments like these, of sadness and defeat, I think of the night that we crossed the border. As we were running, I fell and for a moment looked up to the night sky, scared that I would be left behind. But my mom was there, she was there all along — she picked me up, and we started running again.”


Read Luba Cortés’ entire story here.


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