Posted by News Express | 27 June 2016 | 2,798 times
Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Chile won the Copa America final.
“For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” Messi said.
The 29-year-old was making his 112th appearance for Argentina since making his debut in 2005.
After the match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes, Chile won 4-2 on penalties for their second consecutive Copa title.
It’s the second Copa América title in Chile’s history and the second in two years.
Once again, favoured Argentina failed to win a major trophy for the first time since 1993. The Albiceleste has now lost three straight finals, including the World Cup final in 2014 and the last two Copa América finals on penalties to Chile.
Not only was Lionel Messi unable to make the difference in a major final, but he sent Argentina’s first penalty of the shootout over the bar.
•Pieced together from BBC and Sports Illustrated stories. Photo by Reuters shows a distraught Messi leaving the pitch after a match.
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