The 31-year-old’s return to the national side last week after an eight-month absence was marred by a humiliating 3-1 loss to Venezuela in a friendly. A groin strain then forced him to sit out an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Morocco.
“My six-year-old son Thiago asked me why they were killing me in Argentina. He watches videos on YouTube all the time, and he asks me why they don’t want me,” Messi said.
“I have to go through those things, but it doesn’t matter.”
The Barcelona star took a break from international duty after a disappointing World Cup last year, but his highly anticipated return proved a flop as Argentina lost to unfancied Venezuela in Madrid.
“I want to win something with the national team, and I’ll keep trying,” Messi told Argentine radio station Radio Club October.
He said he would continue to play for his country even though “a lot of people told me not to do it, not to suffer again.”