Veron: 'We need Messi because he's Argentina's soul'
- The legendary midfielder urges Argentina to find a project that will keep Leo happy
- La Albiceleste must form a strong group rather than depend on the individual
Juan Sebastian Veron said: "It's time to build a group. Obviously, if Leo is eager [to be part of the national team], they would need to involve him little by little.
"I think we have to prepare the base and once and for all think about a team and not think about someone who can save us. Even more at this time, watching other national teams and how they faced the World Cup, it seems essential to think about a group.
"I think Leo has to think about himself. He has to think that, if there is not a project that makes him happy and in which he feels comfortable, it is very difficult to take the responsibility of leading Argentina to become champions by himself. We are wasting a lot of time not having him happy and not being able to give him a hand to achieve that target.
"I think we are wrong in not being able to help him feel comfortable. As a player and as an Argentine I tell him that we need him, that he must try to rest, that he keeps a cool head and that we need him.
"We need him because he is the soul of Argentina and, as long as he continues playing football, it has to be that way because he is Argentina's biggest idol and he has to take that responsibility. Now [I tell him] to rest, keep a cool head and try to be well, then we need him to take charge and on the pitch."