Lionel Messi resigns from global football

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

– Barcelona striker says he has resigned from internationals

– Decision came subsequent to losing fourth last

– Team mates trust he will switch choice

Lionel Messi has said that he is to resign from universal soccer after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile in a punishment shootout in the Copa America last on Sunday, the fourth last the Barcelona striker has lost with the national side.

Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, missed Argentina’s opening punishment in the shootout after the diversion finished 0-0 and he was appeared in tears while sitting in the group burrow.

“It’s extreme, it’s not the ideal opportunity for examination,” he said. “In the changing area I imagined this is the end for me with the national group, it’s not for me.

“That is the way I feel at this moment, it’s a tremendous bitterness at the end of the day and I missed the punishment that was so critical.

“I made a decent attempt to be champion with Argentina. However, it didn’t happen. I couldn’t do it.”

The choice by the 29-year-old, who surpassed Gabriel Batistuta as his nation’s most elevated goalscorer a week ago, came as a stun to his colleagues, who said they trusted his choice was not permanent.

Sergio Aguero, Messi’s closest companion on the group, said he had never seen the mind-set in the changing area so low while goalkeeper Sergio Romero proposed he may reexamine his choice.

“I think Leo talked without giving it much thought since we missed that extraordinary chance,” said Romero.

Messi, broadly held to be the best player of his era, has won each trophy conceivable at club level with Barcelona, however his exclusive titles with Argentina were the Under-20 World Cup and the 2008 Olympics.

He has played in three Copa America finals in 2007, 2015 and 2016 and the 2014 World Cup last, and was on the losing side without fail. Argentina neglected to score in each of the four matches.


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