There are mixed reactions from football fans around the world after the shocking news that Barcelona star Lionel Messi might never play for Argentina again following Sunday night’s Copa America final loss to Chile.
The Argentina captain blasted wide from the spot as his team lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium. The sight of Messi crying is not what you see everyday; it’s his opponents who are often left in tears but he couldn’t hold back at the final whistle as Chile celebrated yet another Copa triumph.
Speaking to the press after the match, Messi said his time with the Albiceleste was over.
“My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I’m done playing with the national team. I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible. It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”
Messi has now helped Argentina to four major finals; a world cup final and three Copa’s losing all four.
Read what fans are saying about great Messi quitting International football at 29…
Don’t go down. Not like this.
Sincerely, every football fan. https://t.co/6akMScQbwW
— BreatheSport (@BreatheSport) June 27, 2016
Believe me, Messi retirement hurts me more than a break up.
— Mervin LR (@Milestonemonger) June 27, 2016
#Messi should reconsider his decision.
— Leo Liner (@iaamir_khan) June 27, 2016
Messi will be back….I feel he spoke on the spur of the moment ..from a place of deep pain. #HeWillBeBack
— TheMan Event | Jul 9 (@yinkanubi) June 27, 2016
Man up Messi! You don’t see Andy Murray retiring and he’s lost 8 finals #nobottle
— Willem (@WillemTaylor) June 27, 2016
Wait,Messi retiring from int football?
No no no,just no.
— OksobeBrate ☕ (@BoleBantanamo) June 27, 2016
The best do not quit no matter how tough it gets…
— Don’t Know Someone (@rasmunroe) June 27, 2016
Disappointing news regarding Messi. I hope it’s just a heat of the moment thing.
— Mr Karsan (@Mr_Karsan) June 27, 2016
Messi reacted so quickly.
He’s hurt I know, but jez retiring? C’mon……..
— ❂ Yübbîę Umoh ❂ (@Yubbie007) June 27, 2016
“Messi still has a lot to give to his country but he just choose to give up and run away.That’s not a”Best Player in the world” Mentality ✋”
— osundeandrew20 (@osundeandrew20) June 27, 2016
Wait, wait, wait, why tf did Messi retire?
— Jørdan. (@MadNinjaHD) June 27, 2016
He’s My Fav
Football is nothing without him… #Messi i gonna miss you
— Hina. (@i_pakii) June 27, 2016
Noo messi u can’t retire it’s too soon 🙁
— ｡n g r ｡ (@DeaNeg97) June 27, 2016
for me #Messi means football… if he isn’t there… then im not watching football anymore :'(
i hope he will change his decision…
— veronica (@zirectioner5O7) June 27, 2016
Everyone’s pissed about Messi talking about never playing internationally again..
— brenna kilgore✝ (@brenhair_) June 27, 2016
— Ghailan AlK (@GhailanKh) June 27, 2016