Lionel Messi announces retirement after defeat in Copa America

Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi

{BNN/NEW JERSEY, U.S.} – Lionel Messi has said that his international career is over after his team lost another international trophy.

Argentina was beaten by Chile on penalties in the Copa America.

According to reports, Chile won the trophy 4-2 and secured their second Copa crown in two years.

Lionel Messi reportedly said, “It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis. In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it’s not for me. That’s the way I feel right now, it’s a huge sadness once again and I missed the penalty that was so important.”

He added that he tried very hard to be a champion for Argentina but it did not happen.

Messi said, “I couldn’t do it. I think it’s best for everyone, for me and for many people who want it. The choice for me is over, it is a decision. I tried many times [to be a champion] but did not.”

This defeat, according to reports, marks 23 years of Argentina not winning a trophy. This was the fourth final that Messi lost from the national side, including 2014 World Cup against Germany and three Copa Americas in 2007, 2015 and 2016.

Argentina coach Gerardo Martino reportedly said, “The burden of the consecutive games [lost] has been accumulating these last two years. He feels like you would expect a player to feel after playing and losing a final.”

However, goalkeeper Romero said that he hoped Messi would change his mind. He said, “I think Leo spoke in the heat of the moment because we missed that great chance.”

According to reports, Messi won under-20 and Olympic (under-23) titles with Argentina. He also won four Champions League and eight Spanish league titles for Barcelona.

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