The Brazil legend was full of praise for the 31-year-old Barca sensation but is hoping the Selecao can come out on top at Copa America.
Roberto Carlos has expressed his sympathy at Lionel Messi’s struggles to replicate the success he has achieved with Barcelona on the international stage with Argentina.
Widely considered the best player in the world, the 31-year-old has won 10 Liga titles and four Champions Leagues among many other team honours, while he has also collected five Ballons d’Or.
He has, as yet, failed to reach similar heights with the Argentina national team, however, suffering defeat in the World Cup final in 2014, while also coming up short in the final of Copa America on three previous occasions.
There is the opportunity to put that right once again in Brazil, though, as Argentina go into the 2019 Copa America as one of the tournament favourites.
And Carlos was full of praise for Messi and what he has achieved in the game, insisting that it is a shame he has not had more luck on the international stage.
He said: “Messi is a great player. I’m sorry that he doesn’t have the same luck with the national team that he has with Barcelona. He is a player who we, as former players and the current stars, have a great deal of admiration and affection for.”