Luis Suarez believes his Barcelona team mate, Lionel Messi, will reverse his decision to retire from the international stage.
The 29-year-old retired from international duty for Argentina on Sunday following an agonising penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner missed his penalty and in the process Argentina lost their fourth major final. After the game Messi went on to announce his retirement from international duty, reportedly partly due to his thoughts on how the Argentinian FA is run.
However, Suarez believes his club team-mate will have a change of heart and play for Argentina once again.
Speaking to Radio Tenfield, the Uruguayan striker said: “I’m sure that he will change his mind, but whatever he decides he will still be the best ever,”
“Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness.
“It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.
“It’s a difficult time. Everyone has the right to make decisions and they should be respected.”
Suarez isn’t the only one hoping that Messi will change his mind as Argentine president Mauro Macri and legend Diego Maradona have also attempted to persuade the 29-year-old to reconsider his decision to retire.