In a shocking turn of events, Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football following Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa América final.
#Messi: “Es difícil, el momento es duro para cualquier análisis. En el vestuario pensé que se terminó para mí la Selección, no es para mí”.
— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) June 27, 2016
It’s difficult. It’s a tough moment to analyze. The first thing that comes to my head It’s that the Selección it’s over for me. We’ve been trough 4 finals. I searched for it, I wanted it more that anything. It’s just didn’t happen.
AHORA: Messi: “Se terminó para mí la Selección” https://t.co/Nws9kiScoV
— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) June 27, 2016
Many other top Argentinian players have retired in solidarity with Messi, including Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano, and Lucas Biglia.
They treat him (Messi) like a criminal. He’s the one who takes the losses the hardest. Many may follow him in retiring
Ever Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain are also expected to announce their retirements.
The straw that broke the camel’s back: Messi’s missed penalty kick
Unfathomably, Lionel Messi failed to convert his penalty kick after Argentina and Chile were still tied 0-0 at the end of extra time in the Copa América Centenario final.
The burden of a fourth failure is, apparently, too much for Messi to shoulder.
Messi has consistently failed to deliver for Argentina on the big stage. Four times he has brought them to the brink of glory:
2016 – lost Copa America final in penalty kicks to Chile
2015 – lost Copa America final in penalty kicks to Chile
2015 – lost World Cup final to Germany in extra time
2007 – lost Copa America final to Brazil
Each time Argentina has failed, Messi has been crucified in the press. Instead of being hailed as a hero who brought them to the brink of glory, he’s been vilified.
Messi was never Argentinian enough for the fans. He’s been with Barcelona since he could talk; he’s more Catalonian than Argentinian to them.
He’s never been good enough for Argentina.
Now Argentina isn’t good enough for him.