messiLionel Messi has retired from the Argentina national team after missing in a penalty shootout as his country lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“For me, the national team is over.” he said after defeat by Chile in the Copa America final. “I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion.”

“It’s been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over. I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, 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. It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.”

Many are hoping he will reflect on his decision and reconsider.

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