Alves: Messi must ignore critics after Copa loss

Despite the Argentina star’s crucial penalty miss in the Copa America final, Dani Alves has urged Lionel Messi to move on quickly.

Dani Alves has told former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi to ignore his critics after his Copa America final penalty miss.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner failed from the spot in Argentina’s shootout defeat to Chile and announced his international retirement after Sunday’s game.

Messi lost all four of his major finals with his national team and this was a third in three years, coming after the 2014 World Cup defeat to Germany and another setback against Chile in the 2015 Copa.

But Alves, who has this week joined Juventus from Barca, had comforting words for his friend.

“I did not see the end because it was late and I had commitments,” he said. “No one can take away Leo’s greatness. It’s a pleasure to be his friend. He must be with people who respect him and not with those who disparage him. It is a minority who criticize him and he should not give them importance.”

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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