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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