16 July 2016

Alexis Sanchez: Messi is entitled to quit Argentina

Chile have beaten Argentina in successive Copa America finals

My piece for MARCA

Lionel Messi has every right to retire from international football according to his former Barcelona teammate Alexis Sanchez.

Fresh from Copa America Centenario success where his Chile side beat Messi's Argentina on penalties for a second-straight title, the winger is recuperating from a knock he picked up during the final, in his hometown of Tocopilla.

"He's entitled to [quit], it's within his rights," he said during an interview with El Mercurio.

"I'm delighted to have played alongside him.”

Sanchez has been a reported transfer target for Juventus this summer but preferred to talk about his fitness and domestic matters, saying that he supported the proposed players' strike in the Chilean league.

"They have every right to do so," Sanchez maintained.

While back home he's been busy organising a tournament for youngsters and feels happy to give something back to his people.

"They should enjoy their football and not get mixed up in other bad stuff, like alcohol," he concluded.


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