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Tevez says he’d understand if Lionel Messi didn’t play for Argentina again

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The Barcelona star may be taking a break

Argentina v Mexico: 2010 FIFA World Cup - Round of Sixteen Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Carlos Tevez says he’d understand if Lionel Messi didn’t return to Argentina duty after reports on Tuesday suggested he planned to take a break from international football.

Speculation claims Messi will take the rest of the year off for Argentina and will wait until next year to make a decision on whether he’ll return.

Messi endured a tough World Cup with Argentina, and Tevez understands how tough it is for the Barcelona star.

“I would understand if Messi did not return to the national team, when you give everything and they criticize you it is bad for the group and for him.

“I understand it because I was on that side. It’s very personal, Leo has to take the time to think.

“It is always nice to meet again with Messi, we both had a very nice stage in the national team.”

Source | Mundo Deportivo

Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli stepped down after the World Cup, and it remains to be seen who will take over on a permanent basis.

As for Tevez he will be back at the Camp Nou on Wednesday with Boca Juniors who face Barcelona for the Joan Gamper trophy.