Lionel Messi shockingly retires from international football

Jun 27, 2016, 10:30 IST | IANS

Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America

Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Chile won the Copa America final.

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"For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," Messi said on Sunday night.

Lionel Messi after the Copa America finalLionel Messi in tears after the Copa America final. Pic/ AFP

With Barcelona, Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, BBC reported.

But his only major international honour is the 2008 Olympic gold, with Argentina now having lost three major finals in three years.

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Argentina were beaten 1-0 in the 2014 World Cup final by Germany before two Copa America final defeats by Chile on penalties.

Lionel Messi dribbles
Lionel Messi dribbles the ball during the Copa America final. Pic/ AFP

He was also on the losing side against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.

After Sunday's match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes, Chile won 4-2 on penalties.

Messi's penalty miss was Argentina's first attempt in the shootout and it ballooned over the bar after Sergio Romero had denied Chile's Arturo Vidal.

Lucas Biglia also missed from 12 yards, with Chilean substitute Francisco Silva scoring the decisive spot-kick in the final in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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