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Valdano Backs Messi Over Criticism

Lionel Messi has won support from former Real Madrid player and coach, Jorge Valdano, who says he is “embarrassed” to hear criticism from some Argentine commentators.

Messi, 28, was singled out by sections of the media following Argentina’s penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the final of last month’s Copa America, with former Albiceleste superstar Diego Maradona questioning why the Blaugrana talisman did not repeat his club form for his country.

Valdano, who played alongside Maradona in Argentina’s 1986 World Cup-winning team, told TyC Sports that it was hard to hear anyone attacking Messi.

“I want to put this into context,” he said. “I meet many more people who do not understand the criticism of Messi, than people who are disposed to criticise him. What happens is the voices who do attack him are so loud that it makes me embarrassed.”

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