Barcelona star Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football after his home team Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final.
Messi said, “This is a difficult moment. Tough to make analysis. I thought about it in the locker room and think my national team career is over for me. This is not for me.”
The two American power house remained goalless after extra time which necessitated for post match penalties.
In the shootout both teams missed in their first attempt penalties.
Messi goes into history to have missed the first chance in the Copa 2016 final for Argentina.
Chile then netted their remaining four shots while Argentina had to settle with just two and lose the final for the second consecutive time.
Chile won 4-2.
Star Lionel Messi has never won any major tournaments with Argentina.