Lionel Messi Retires From International Football Following Argentina’s Loss To Chile



Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football following his country, Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa America final – their third loss in a major final since 2014.

The 29-year-old Barcelona footballer and five-time FIFA Player of the year said, “For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion.”

“It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”

“On top of everything, I missed the penalty kick,” Messi added on Argentinian TV network TyC.

“I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, and then for everyone. I think there’s a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.”

Written by Njideka ‘Enjay’ Akabogu. 



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