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Maradona urges Argentines to leave Messi alone over quitting

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Soccer great Diego Maradona is urging fellow Argentines to leave Lionel Messi alone over the current star's decision to retire from Argentina's national team following its loss to Chile in the Copa America championship match.

In an interview on La Red radio, Maradona also ridiculed people who have criticized Messi for missing his shot as Chile won a penalty shootout to take the title, questioning those who find fault with a soccer star's play "without ever having touched a ball."

Maradona said that despite Argentina's loss, "I consider Messi a winner."

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