Lionel Messi bids adieu to International Football

Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football here Sunday after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

messiA crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.

“It’s a hard moment for me and the team, and it’s difficult to say, but its over with the Argentina team,” said Messi, who was also on the losing side in the final of the 2007 Copa America.

“I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion,” the 29-year-old five-time world footballer of the year added.