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Distraught Lionel Messi retires from international football
Lionel Messi looked utterly shattered as Argentina lost the Copa America final. (Photo: AP)
Lionel Messi looked utterly shattered as Argentina lost the Copa America final. (Photo: AP)
Lionel Messi shocked the sporting fraternity after he sensationally announced retirement from international football following Argentina’s defeat to Chile in Copa America final on Sunday. (Photo: AP)
Lionel Messi shocked the sporting fraternity after he sensationally announced retirement from international football following Argentina’s defeat to Chile in Copa America final on Sunday. (Photo: AP)
Messi's last act in international football was to blast his penalty over the bar against Chile. (Photo: AP)
Messi's last act in international football was to blast his penalty over the bar against Chile. (Photo: AP)
It was the second successive year Chile had beaten Argentina on penalties in the final. (Photo: AP)
It was the second successive year Chile had beaten Argentina on penalties in the final. (Photo: AP)
Messi cut a dejected figure after Argentina's trophy drought at senior level was extended to 23 years. (Photo: AP)
Messi cut a dejected figure after Argentina's trophy drought at senior level was extended to 23 years. (Photo: AP)
"It's tough, it's not the time for analysis," he said. (Photo: AP)
"It's tough, it's not the time for analysis," he said. (Photo: AP)
"In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me. I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. Now I am leaving without having managed it," Messi said.  (Photo: AP)
"In the dressing room I thought that this is the end for me with the national team, it's not for me. I tried so hard to be champion with Argentina. Now I am leaving without having managed it," Messi said. (Photo: AP)
A crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonising near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014. (Photo: AP)
A crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonising near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014. (Photo: AP)
Messi was shattered after missing Argentina's opening penalty in the shoot-out at MetLife Stadium after the two teams had finished extra-time deadlocked at 0-0. (Photo: AP)
Messi was shattered after missing Argentina's opening penalty in the shoot-out at MetLife Stadium after the two teams had finished extra-time deadlocked at 0-0. (Photo: AP)
As well as sending Messi into retirement, the defeat ensured Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title continued. (Photo: AP)
As well as sending Messi into retirement, the defeat ensured Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title continued. (Photo: AP)