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Monday, June 27, 2016

Pathetically to Lionel Messi Fans, Messi retires from international football

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The Argentina, Barcelona Superstar,
Lionel Messi sensationally
announced his retirement from
international football on Sunday
after Argentina crashed to an
upset defeat against Chile in the
final of the Copa America.
And Supersport wrote,
The heartbroken Barcelona
superstar was distraught after
missing a spot-kick as Chile
snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out - Messi's
fourth straight defeat in a major final while
representing Argentina.
"For me the national team is over," the crestfallen
29-year-old told reporters.
"I've done all I can, I've been in four finals and it
hurts not to be a champion.
"It's a hard moment for me and the team, and it's
difficult to say, but it's over with the Argentina

Messi's dramatic announcement followed
Argentina's third loss in a major final since 2014.
They were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final of
the World Cup in 2014 and lost on penalties, also
to Chile, in the final of the 2015 Copa America.
Messi also tasted defeat with Argentina in the
final of the 2007 Copa America.
Despite a glittering career that has seen him
named Fifa World Player of the Year on no fewer
than five occasions, Messi has often faced baffling
criticism from Argentina fans.
Although universally regarded as one of the
greatest footballers ever, he has regularly been
criticised for his failure to land a major title in the
colours of Argentina.
Messi's failure to match the achievements in the
Argentina jersey of Diego Maradona, who single-
handedly carried the team to victory in the 1986
World Cup, has often been held against him.
Maradona himself has often taken potshots at
Messi, criticising him on the eve of the
tournament for a perceived "lack of personality".
"He's a really good person, but he has no
personality," Maradona said in Paris shortly
before the start of Euro 2016.
"He lacks the character to be a leader."
Messi's bombshell decision comes after a
gruelling season which was disrupted by injury
last year.
He recovered to help Barcelona win the Spanish
title once more and was relishing the prospect of
leading Argentina to glory in the Copa America
His commitment to playing for Argentina was
reflected in his decision to fly from Spain to
Argentina for a low-key friendly against Honduras
shortly before the tournament, where he suffered
a back injury.
He then returned to Spain to give evidence at his
trial for tax fraud before jetting off to the United
States to join up with his Argentina team-mates.
Although he was injured for his team's opening
group game against Chile, he came on as a
substitute in a 5-0 hammering of Panama to score
a hat-trick in 19 minutes.
He then equalled Argentina's international
goalscoring record of 54, held by Gabriel
Batistuta, in the quarter-finals before setting a
new mark with his 55th international goal in the
semi-final win over the United States.

Lionel Messi Factfile
Name: Lionel Andres Messi
Nationality: Argentinian
Date of birth: June 24, 1987 - age 29
Place of birth: Rosario, Argentina
Club: Barcelona (ESP/since 2000)
International appearances: 112
International goals: 55
International debut: August 17, 2005, Hungary 1
Argentina 2
Champions League (4): 2005-06, 2008-09,
2010-11, 2014-15
Club World Cup (3): 2009, 2011, 2015
Spanish Championships (8): 2004-05, 2005-06,
2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2014-15,
Spanish Cup (3): 2008-09, 2011-12, 2014-15,
Spanish Super Cups (6) 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010,
2011, 2013
World Cup: Finalist (2010), Quarter-finalist (2006,
2010), 15 matches, 5 goals
Copa America: Finalist (2015, 2007, 2016),
Quarter-finalist (2011), 16 matches, 3 goals
Olympic gold medal (1): 2008
Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005
Individual Honours:
Ballon D'Or (5): 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Top scorer in the Spanish league (3): 2009-2010
(34 goals), 2011-2012 (50 goals), 2012-13 (46
Top scorer in the Champions League (5):
2008-2009 (9 goals), 2009-2010 (8 goals),
2010-2011 (12 goals), 2011-2012 (14 goals),
2014-15 (10 goals)
World Cup Golden Ball (1): 2014
Olympic player of the tournament (1): 2008
Under-20 World Cup player of the tournament
(1): 2005
Top scorer at Under-20 World Cup (1): 2005 (6

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