Messi retires – level 3
In a shock development, Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football. This comes after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa America final, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side.
Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, missed Argentina's opening penalty in the shootout after the game ended 0-0.
Speaking to reporters after the match, he said, "In the dressing room, I thought that this is the end for me with the national team. It's not for me. This is my decision. I fought hard. I did everything I could to win. But the truth is, this is it. It's already been four finals. I was already thinking about it. I did everything I could. It wasn’t possible to win."
Widely regarded as the greatest player of his generation, the striker has won every trophy possible at club level with Barcelona, but his only titles with his country were the Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.
No doubt that Messi's disappointment will only be surpassed by his fans and his country.
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