Argentina's forward Lionel Messi reacts to France's third goal during the Russia 2018 World Cup round of 16 football match between France and Argentina at the Kazan Arena in Kazan on June 30, 2018.
JOHANNESBURG – Social media was abuzz on Saturday afternoon following France’s 4-3 victory against Argentine with the subject of the day being Lionel Messi.
Messi when he retires from Argentina and goes back to Barcelona.pic.twitter.com/UTsRLEexjK— Az. (@_AAx98) June 22, 2018
The Barcelona forward did not have a good campaign in Russia, culminating in his team experiencing a spectacular crash out of the World Cup at the hands of France.
Speculation is rife that he might opt to retire from international football after the France game.
Cristiano Ronaldo&39;s biggest fan has ended Lionel Messi&39;s World Cup dream. pic.twitter.com/Amdl6nCbAP— FlFA World Cup (@WorIdCupFC) June 30, 2018
If he does indeed retire, his great career would see him without an international trophy following a 1-0 loss to Germany in Brazil four years ago.
Messi has already lost the three finals in the Copa America.
He retired from international football in 2016, only to reverse his decision ahead of this year’s World Cup qualifying games.
Cristiano’s fanboy sent Lionel Messi back to his retirement. pic.twitter.com/oovISbLudn— Jaafar (@TheRMFam) June 30, 2018
As the “Little Napoleon” failed to inspire his team past France Twitter was having a field day.
However, there are some who went all out to defend Messi as the Messi/Ronaldo debate intensified.
Thank you Lionel Messi for being more than a player. You’re always be the greatest of all time because your integrity and passion is truly an example to set for myself. We’ll be watching you in the next big stage. pic.twitter.com/42Fa9iZouu— Squints (@ckgonzalez10) June 30, 2018
Goodbye, Lionel Messi -- pic.twitter.com/3C6jPfWsYW— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) June 30, 2018