Is it too soon for Messi to hang up his boots at 29….? Or is it out anger after losing for a second time to Chile..?
Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final at the Copa America tournament.
The Barcelona superstar said its time to take a break from international football after failing to win trophies with the national team.
“It’s not meant for me, I have tried my best for the national team, reaching finals in four different occasions but we have won nothing, its for me with the national team. I have done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion” said Messi.
On a club level, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, but his only major international honour is 2008 Olympic gold.
Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany before two Copa America final defeats by Chile on penalties and they also lost against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.
“It’s been four finals, we played with all our hearts out, but we failed again. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over,” said Lionel.
Sunday’s match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes and it was taken to post match penalties where Chile won 4-2.
Messi took the first attempt for Argentina and it ballooned over the bar and Sergio Romero put back the Argentinians after denying Chile’s Arturo Vidal’s spot kick. Lucas Biglia also missed his spot kick and Francisco Silva scored the decisive spot-kick in the final in New Jersey.
Messi has scored five times at the tournament and he holding the record of being the all time top goal scorer in Argentina with 55 goals.
The Argentinian captain made his debut for Argentina in 2005, and he has made 113 appearances for his national team.
Comparing his international performance and club level, it shows that he has performed well at his club, Barcelona. He has played 531 games, scoring 453 times.