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Be like Shahid Afridi: Fans tell Lionel Messi

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DECCAN CHRONICLE
Published Jun 28, 2016, 3:34 pm IST
Updated Jun 28, 2016, 4:05 pm IST
Sports fans troll Pakistan cricketer, asks Argentine legend to make a comeback.
Lionel Messi’s sudden retirement decision from international football shook the football world. While some are praying for his comeback, others trolled Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi who has a habit of announcing retirements. (Photos: AFP/ AP)
 Lionel Messi’s sudden retirement decision from international football shook the football world. While some are praying for his comeback, others trolled Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi who has a habit of announcing retirements. (Photos: AFP/ AP)

Mumbai: Lionel Messi’s sudden retirement decision from international football shook the football world. While some are praying for his comeback, others trolled Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi who has a habit of announcing retirements.

The all-rounder, fondly called ‘Boom Boom’ had retired from international cricket and staged a comeback more than twice. The trolls ranged from ‘Be Like Bill’ memes to ‘Be Like Afridi’.

Afridi – still in the Twenty20 fray – is yet to bid goodbye to cricket; he retired from ODIs and Tests.

In the past one year, Afridi’s records have been poor. He took 16 wickets in 21 T20Is at an average of 34. Even with the bat, he managed 263 runs at an average of 14.61.

Messi announced retirement after Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties against Chile in the Copa America final on Sunday. The 29-year-old – who also dribbles for Barcelona FC – couldn’t take the embarrassment of not crossing the line for the fourth final in a row.

Argentina lost 1-0 to Germany in the FIFA World Cup final in 2014.

 

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