lvio Paolorosso, who was the Argentina’s strength coach under Gerardo Martino, has opened up on one of Lionel Messi’s most difficult moments with the La Albiceleste.
According to him, it happened after the defeat to Chile, in the final of the Copa America Centenario in 2016.
After losing the World Cup final in 2014 to Germany and also missing out on the Copa America in 2015, Paolorosso said that Messi crumbled after Argentina lost their third straight major tournament during that summer of 2016.
The veteran coach said he found Messi after the match sobbing uncontrollably.
“The scene in the dressing room after that Copa America was very painful, but the worst came afterward. Around two in the morning, more or less, I found Leo in front of his locker alone, completely alone, crying like a baby who had lost his mother.
“He was hunched over there, and no one could console him. So I just put my arm around him and the two of us cried together,” Paolorosso told Jogo Bonito.
Paolorosso also hailed Messi as one of the most professional players he has every worked with and praised his work ethic.
“I worked with Messi in Barcelona and in Argentina and I only have words of thanks and praise. He always worked really well with us, he would even notice whether the pitch was wet or dry,” he added.