International Soccer Lionel Messi Says He’s Retiring: After beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout in the Copa, Argentina’s famous soccer player Lionel Messi said he is gonna retire. America final on Sunday, the fourth final the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side.
Lionel Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, missed opening penalty shootout after the game ended he was was seen with tears in his eyes in the team dugout.
He said “It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he said. “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.
International Soccer Lionel Messi Says He’s Retiring
“I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. But it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it.”
The decision of 29-year-old player shocked his team mates, He is country’s highest goalscorer who said they hoped his decision was not irrevocable.
His best friend on the team Sergio Aguero, said he had never seen the mood in the dressing room so low while goalkeeper Sergio Romero suggested he might rethink his decision.
Romero said “I think Leo spoke in the heat of the moment because we missed that great chance”
Messi, widely held to be the greatest player of his generation, has won every trophy possible at club level with Barcelona, though his only titles with Argentina were the Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.
He has played in three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 World Cup final, and was on the losing side every time. Argentina failed to score in all four matches.