Messi hits out at critics in colourful outburst

The dimunitive forward has reached two finals in the last two years with Argentina but ended up on the losing side on both occasions as Germany lifted the World Cup in 2014, while in July, Chile sealed victory in the Copa America via penalties.

Lionel Messi will be on Club World Cup duty with FC Barcelona in Japan this week.   -  REUTERS

Not known for having outbursts, Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi’s response to those who have criticised his performances for Argentina was quite colourful.

The dimunitive forward has reached two finals in the last two years with Argentina but ended up on the losing side on both occasions as Germany lifted the World Cup in 2014, while in July, Chile sealed victory in the Copa America via penalties.

“I get annoyed when they tell us put in more effort, you don't feel the shirt. We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn't do anything. We got to two finals, for f***'s sake,” he was quoted as saying in an interview with TyC Sports.

“Football is not just about effort. We had bad times in the national team for what we experienced. We lost the final of the World Cup against Germany who have great players and we had great chances to win it. With Chile it was the same and we lost on penalties.

Messi also insists he should not face criticism for opting not to sing Argentina's national anthem before games. “I get annoyed by the people who attack you without thinking. I won't sing the national anthem on purpose. I don't need to sing it to feel it,” he explained. “It reaches me, every person feels it in their own way. The Pumas cry, they feel it differently and that's ok.