At the end of Sunday’s Copa America final, Argentinians received three shocks in a row: First, Lionel Messi, widely regarded as the world’s best soccer player, missed the net on a crucial penalty kick, then his favoured side Lost of Championship lost to chile.
The third shock came when a disconsolate Messi indicated immediately after the contest that he was done playing for Argentina.
What a blow it is for fans of football that the international career of one of the geniuses of the game was to end with a penalty blazed over the bar.
This was not the way or the place for Lionel Messi to say goodbye to the national colours. On June 2016, the world woke up to the sensational news of Lionel Messi’s retirement from Argentina colours after La Albiceleste crashed to another final defeat against Chile in the final of Copa America.
Messi told the reporters that for him the national team was over. Arguably, the best player of all times, Messi has tasted success at all levels with Barcelona, but has not been able to replicate his club heroics with the national team as Argentina succumbed to the third consecutive final defeat of a major tournament in three years.
The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught over his fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina.