Lionel Messi has said he is to retire from international football after Argentina were beaten 4-2 by Chile on penalties in the final of the Copa America on Sunday.
“It’s tough, it’s not the time for analysis,” he was quoted as saying on the Argentine national team’s Twitter feed. “In the dressing room I thought that the national team was over, it’s not for me.”
“It’s been four finals, it’s not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”
The 29-year-old retires having scored 55 goals in 113 appearances for Argentina. He set a new record at the Copa America by surpassing Gabriel Batistuta’s 54 goals.
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Messi’s apparent last act in international football was to blast his penalty over the bar as Chile won the Copa America for the second successive year following a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over Argentina on Sunday.