Messi retirement highlights implosion of Argentinian football

TVC E. The Argentinian Football Association (AFA) is in a state of disarray, and the retirement of star forward Lionel Messiadds to their trouble. Argentinian football is imploding, and Lionel Messi's international retirement will put more focus than ever on the national Football Association (AFA).This was supposed to be the year. Argentina's last senior international trophy came in 1993, when a double from Gabriel Batistuta - who Messi surpassed as their record goalscorer with his 55th strike in the Copa America Centenario semi-final against United States - guided La Albiceleste to the Copa trophy with a 2-1 win over Mexico. After the disappointment of losing the 2014 World Cup final to Germany in extra time and the Copa showpiece to Chile the following year, not forgetting defeat at the final hurdle in the 2007 edition, 2016 looked like time to end the 23-year drought. Messi appeared destined to restore the glory days when he, along with the likes of...