Suarez predicts Messi will make U-turn on Argentina retirement

Lionel Messi has retired from international football.

Luis Suarez is sure Barcelona team-mate Lionel Messi will make a U-turn on his decision to retire from playing for Argentina.

Messi quit after missing in a penalty shoot-out as Argentina were beaten by Chile in the Copa America and he was seen in tears leaving the pitch.

The defeat was Argentina’s third loss in a major final since 2014.

"For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," said the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar.

However, there has been a national outcry for Messi to reconsider, with the country’s president Mauricio Macri and Diego Maradona urging the five time Ballon d’Or winner to change his mind.

Suarez, who formed part of a deadly strike trio with Messi and Neymar at Barcelona last season, thinks Macri and Maradona will get their wish.

He told Uruguayan radio statio, Radio Tenfield: "Knowing Leo, I’m sure it was said in a moment of sadness and helplessness. It would be a shame for football if he took this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.

"It’s a difficult time. Everyone has the right to make decisions and they should be respected."