Lionel Messi was found “crying like a kid who had lost his mother” after enduring Copa America final heartache with Argentina in 2016.
Despite enjoying considerable success at club level with Barcelona, while also collecting five Ballons d’Or, the 31-year-old forward is still waiting on a first senior international honor.
He has come agonizingly close to breaking that duck on a number of occasions, but his dreams have always been dashed in the most gut-wrenching of fashions.
Former Argentina and Barcelona fitness coach Elvio Paolorosso told Jogo Bonito of the fallout from a painful defeat: “The dressing room after the Copa America was very painful, but the worst was to come.
“At two in the morning, more or less, I went to the store room and found Messi completely alone, crying like a kid who had lost his mother.
“He was distraught and nobody could console him. I gave him a hug and we had a little wine together.
“I had Messi with Barcelona and Argentina, and all I have for him are words of gratitude. He always cooperated well and even noticed if the pitch was hard or soft.”
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