Yes you read it right, Argentina star man announced after their 4-2 defeat to Chile that he has decided to end his international career.
“My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I’m done playing with the national team,” Messi told reporters
Asked if he was retiring, Messi said: “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.”
“I think that Leo spoke in the heat of the moment, because a good opportunity passed us by,”
“Lamentably, the most f—– up is Leo because of the penalty. It’s the worst I’ve seen him in the dressing room,” Sergio Aguero added.
Argentina manager Gerardo Martino, who had not heard about Messi’s retirement when he spoke to the press after the match, urged his entire squad to continue playing for the Albiceleste despite their frustrations with the AFA.
“My impression is that they don’t have any reason not to continue. We’re in the middle of a very difficult World Cup qualification, which will continue in September,” Martino said.
“Besides, they’ve done well. They don’t have too much to scold themselves over.
“Regarding the political situation, there’s not much to say. It’s the same situation that’s been going on for the last six months. The result doesn’t change our view of these past six months or the problems that may have arisen.
“There is a political matter here that has to do with those in charge of the destiny of Argentine football at the moment, and those who aspire to do so … none of this has had any impact on us or can be used as an excuse, because we reached the final and we should’ve won it.
“[Messi] is the way any footballer must be when he gets to the final and then loses. Certainly, to lose again is too painful to assume a posture that’s any different than that, either on the field or in the dressing room.”