East Rutherford (United States): A very distraught Lionel Messi announced his retirement after Argentina lost the Copa America final to Chile on penalties. Messi, who is regarded as one of the greatest players to have ever graced the green turf, suffered another shock when he missed his first penalty in his Argentina career during the summit clash. The loss to Chile was a repeat of last year’s final.
Argentina’s top goal scorer with 55 goals, at 29 Messi’s retirement has sent shockwaves across the footballing world. Many hope this announcement are just his emotions talking and pray he makes his comeback soon.
Hard to know if Messi is being serious about retirement or just emotional right now. Argentine federation is a disaster at the moment.— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) June 27, 2016
Romero says he believes Messi spoke in heat of the moment https://t.co/1bWbsFlwu5— tariq panja (@tariqpanja) June 27, 2016
Messi is just 29. Pain of defeat in 3 finals in 3yrs perhaps taking its toll. He was very emotional post match. pic.twitter.com/tumRFdGcEf— Ben Smith (@BSmith) June 27, 2016
Interesting to note that right around same time Messi was saying he's done w/Argentina, Chile coach Pizzi was calling him best of all time— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) June 27, 2016
Excited for the 'who retired from international football the better: Messi or Ronaldo?' debate in years to come.— James Dall (@JamesDallESPN) June 27, 2016
Don't hate on #LionelMessi today people pls. His retirement is a huge loss to international football. World Cup comps will never be the same— Gau (@Gaublueblooded) June 27, 2016
And we have a term for Lionel Messi's international retirement. #Mexit— Venkat Ananth (@venkatananth) June 27, 2016
It's amazing. You can have everything and still find life holding something back. Kabhi kisiko mukammal jahan nahi milta! #Messi— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 27, 2016
Messi lost 4 finals with Argentina— Leo Messi (@messi10stats) June 27, 2016
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Is Messi acting like a baby right now? pic.twitter.com/a3J8KbLaCg— Polaroid Black (@_SoVeryTerry) June 27, 2016