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Lionel Messi Retires From International Duty

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Lionel Messi Retires From Argentina National Team

New York, NY – Barcelona forward Lionel Messi announced he would retire from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

“It’s incredible, the fact that we can’t win it,” said Messi. “It happened to us again, and by penalty kicks. It’s the third consecutive final”

“We tried. We tried and it wasn’t for us. It’s difficult in this moment to do any sort of analysis.”

“In the locker room, I thought that the national team is over for me. It’s what I feel right now. It’s a great sadness that it happened to me again, the fact that I missed a penalty kick that was very important.”

“It’s for the good of everybody. It’s not enough to just get to the final and not win,” concluded Messi in his statements after the match his side lost.

Messi, 29, has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Spanish giant Barcelona. But his only major international crown is an Olympic gold at the 2008 Games.

As well as losing two Copa America finals on penalties to Chile, Messi was in the Argentina side beaten 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

The forward, who was been awarded the Ballon d’Or five times, was also on the losing side against Brazil in the 2007 Copa America final.

“It’s been four finals, I tried,” added Messi, who made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has played 113 times for his country.

“It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.

Messi has scored 55 goals with Argentina, making him the top scorer ever for his country, surpassing Gabriel Batistuta’s 54-goal mark.