- Barcelona star Lionel Messi says he values 2008 Olympic medal more than Barca trophies
- The Argentinian has failed to win a medal for his country since 2008 Olympic
- The Argentine forward has lost 3 successive finals in a row for his country between 2014-2016
- He is also serving a 4-game ban as a result of his action to the referee in a World Cup Qualifier
Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi says that he values the 2008 Olympic gold medal more than titles he has won with Barcelona.
The Argentine forward has enjoyed success at club level and has failed to reciprocate same success for country.
The talented forward won Olympic gold medal for his country in 2008 but Argentina has so unfortunate thereafter.
"The Olympic gold in 2008 is the win that I value the most because it is a tournament that you may only play in once in your life and involves many athletes from different disciplines”, the Argentine said in an interview with Esquire.
He said:"I understand the people who always want us to win and demand that we deliver a trophy and those of us who play for the national team want to win a title too.
"The criticism I receive isn't something I care about because I know about the things that happened.”
The Argentine carried his team to back to back finals from the 2014 World Cup where they emerged as runners-up to the 2015 and 2016 Copa Americas where they also came second.
He retired briefly from international football when his team failing to win his 2nd successive Copa Americas final.
NAIJ.com reports that The Barcelona forward has failed to win a medal for his country since his Olympic medal in 2008 and the 5 time Ballon d’Or winner was heavily criticized for this.