Lionel Messi Retires From International Football

Publish Date
Monday, 27 June 2016, 6:45PM
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A shattered Lionel Messi has declared his international career for Argentina over after a costly penalty shootout miss as Chile retained the Copa America title.

Chile earned bragging rights as South America's dominant team as they beat favourites Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the final - having beaten them 4-1 on penalties in the decider last year.

Superstar Messi missed high with the first shot from the spot in the shootout, cutting a dejected figure after the result was sealed and Argentina's trophy drought was extended to 23 years.

"The national team is over for me," Messi told Argentine network TyC Sports.

"It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."

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