Messi retires from international football

Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi considered the best player in the world and rated by some in the sport as the greatest of all time, born on 24 June 1987.Leo is an Argentine professional footballer who plays as a forward for Spanish club Barcelona. Messi got the honor of the first player to win three European Golden Shoes and only football player in history to win five FIFA Ballon d’or, four of which he won in sequence, and the first player to win three European Golden Shoes.

Messi retires from international football

Messi retire at the international football

With Barcelona he has achieve success in eight La Liga titles, as well as four copies del Rey and won four UEFA Champions League titles. An inventive goals corer, Messi holds the records for most goals scored in La Liga, a calendar year (91), a single season (73), a La Liga season (50), Champions League seasons(5), and most a Champions League match (5). Being also a creative player, Messi holds the record for most assists made in La Liga and Copa America.

Off the field, Messi was one of the best athletic stars in the world. In addition to earning a football salary, he also got one of the two largest athletes’ pay in all professional sports; he was an extremely successful product pitchman for the sportswear company Adidas.

Messi’s international stars

  • Debut: vs. Hungary – August 17, 2005 (2-1 win)
  • International performance: 112
  • International goals: 55
  • World Cup finalist in 2014
  • Copa America finalist in 2007, 2015 and 2016
  • Olympic gold medalist in 2008 (named player of the tournament)
  • Under-20 World Cup winner in 2005 (named player of the tournament)
  • Player of the tournament in 2005 under-20 World Cup, 2008 Olympics, and 2014 World Cup.

Messi retires from international football after a Copa America loss

A big shock come recently for all football lovers when the 29-year-old, five-time Ballon d’Or winner made the shock statement after missing a penalty in the shoot-out of his country’s beat by Chile in the Copa America final. It was La Albiceleste’s third biggest final loss since 2014 – losing the World Cup trophy to Germany and the 2015 Copa America again to Chile – and this defeat seems to be the last straw for the forward.

The Barcelona forward, considered by many as the greatest footballer of all-time, was visibly upset by Argentina’s third tournament final defeat in three years and announced his retirement to the media after the game.

“For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” he said. “I don’t think I will (return). I made up my mind. I did everything possible to win and it’s done.”

Messi’s statement took the world by surprise. At 29-years-old, he was supposed to compete in the next World Cup – to be held in Russia in 2018.However, questions may now be arise concerning Messi’s standing in the pantheon of football’s biggest players. Pele and Diego Maradona, the two other players widely considered as the greatest of all time, both won the World Cup with their Brazil and Argentina accordingly.

Messi has been locked in an argument with the officials of the Argentine Football Association before the finals, The AFA described the delay was caused by unpleasant weather, but it is believed Messi’s issues with the governing body go much deeper. But his own performance in Sunday’s final also appeared to be weighing on him after the contest.

“I feel a great sadness right now that this is happening again,” he said. “I missed my penalty, which was super important. That’s it.”

There was some supposition from Messi’s team-players that his announcement was more in the heat of the moment than anything else.

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