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Lionel Messi is the soul of Argentina and we need him happy, says Carlos Tevez

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The striker says his country needs him to take charge

France v Argentina: Round of 16 - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Carlos Tevez has offered Lionel Messi some advice about his international future and has pretty much begged the Barcelona star not to give up on Argentina.

La Albiceleste had a tough World Cup and have now parted ways with coach Jorge Sampaoli.

Tevez says they must find a way of making Lionel Messi happy when he’s on international duty with the national team.

“I think Leo has to think about himself. He has to think that, if there is not a project that makes him happy and in which he feels comfortable, it is very difficult to take the responsibility of leading Argentina to become champions by himself.

”We are wasting a lot of time not having him happy and not being able to give him a hand to achieve that target. I think we are wrong in not being able to help him feel comfortable.

”As a player and as an Argentine I tell him that we need him, that he try to rest, that he keep a cool head and that we need him. We need him because he is the soul of Argentina and, as long as he continues playing football, it has to be that way because he is Argentina’s biggest idol and he has to take that responsibility.

”Now [I tell him] to rest, keep a cool head and try to be well, then we need him to take charge and on the pitch.”

Source | ESPN

We’ve not heard a word from Lionel Messi since Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup so it’s not entirely clear what his international plans are. He’ll be 35 by the time the next World Cup in Qatar swings around.