Ace Argentenian footballer Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football following Argentina’s loss to Chile in Copa America final. Messi, a five times World Player of the Year, broke down after the loss. Soon after, Messi made the announcement that has shocked millions, leaving them heartbroken.
"He's like a PlayStation," Arsene Wenger once said of Messi after the Barcelona superstar scored four goals against Arsenal in a 2010 Champions League tie.
Football pundit Jonathan Liew, writing for the Telegraph, during a debate over the greatest of all time, said of Messi, "even at half-throttle, he was still the most amazing sight to watch. His legs move like pistons. His shoulders occasionally appear to be moving in different directions at once. He spots passes that don't exist until he's played them. There may have been better players in the past, although personally, I doubt it, but none who has been quite as exhilaratingly pleasurable to watch."
The 29-year-old 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."
When asked once again retirement, Messi said, "I don't think so, I've thought about it. Like I said earlier, I tried everything possible to win. And that's it. It's four finals lost."
"I think that Leo spoke in the heat of the moment because a good opportunity passed us by," goalkeeper Sergio Romero said.
"Lamentably, the most f***ed up is Leo because of the penalty," striker Sergio Aguero said. "It's the worst I've seen him in the dressing room."