BREAKING : Lionel Messi Announces Retirement From international football

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Lionel Messi called it quits from international football after Argentine lost the Copa America final to Chile 2-4 on penalties.

In an interview to TyC sports after the game, he said he would no longer play for the national team.

“For me the national team is over,” the crestfallen 29-year-old told reporters.

“I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion.

“It’s a hard moment for me and the team, and it’s difficult to say, but it’s over with the Argentina team.”

Messi’s dramatic announcement followed Argentina’s third loss in a major final since 2014.

They were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final of the World Cup in 2014 and lost on penalties, also to Chile, in the final of the 2015 Copa America. The 29-year-old’s decision comes three days after he spoke of not being happy with the Argentina Football Association. M AFP The game itself was nothing to write home about for the skipper as he missed a penalty in the shootout.

 

Timeline of Messi

  • Messi makes international debut on August 17, 2005 an 18-year-old.
  • Messi scores first international goal On March 1, 2006 against Croatia.
  • Messi wins Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
  • Messi surpasses Maradona.
  • Messi scores a hat-trick in 19 minutes.

 

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