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.The game itself was nothing to write home about for the skipper as he missed a penalty in the shootout.
BREAKING: MESSI HAS DECIDED TO RETIRE FROM INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL.
Messi: “The national team is over for me. I’ve made my decision.” — Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 27, 2016
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.