What They're Saying: Cesar Luis Menotti

“It scares me that Messi plays. I see him emotionally fatigued between the Champions League and the national team. He has a lot of obligations and with a lot of emotional baggage, a lot of responsibilities at his feet.”

-- Cesar Luis Menotti, the 81-year-old director of the Argentine national team and head coach in 1978 when it won the World Cup, on Lionel Messi playing in the 2019 Copa America. Conmebol has added a second Copa America to the last two four-year cycles -- the next one will be in 2020 -- leaving Messi with potentially one extended break from soccer in a decade if he plays through the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. (New York Times)
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