Lionel Messi announces retirement from international football
Posted on: 27 Jun 2016 13:46:25
27 June 2016 Current Affairs: Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America.
The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina.
They were beaten 1-0 by Germany in the final of the World Cup in 2014 and lost on penalties, also to Chile, in the final of the 2015 Copa America.
Messi also tasted defeat with Argentina in the final of the 2007 Copa America.
Messi's failure to match the achievements in the Argentina jersey of Diego Maradona, who single-handedly carried the team to victory in the 1986 World Cup, has often been held against him.
Then equalled Argentina's international goal scoring record of 54, held by Gabriel Batistuta, in the quarter-finals before setting a new mark with his 55th international goal in the semi-final win over the United States.
Lionel Messi : Lionel Messi, in full Lionel Andrés Messi, also called Leo Messi Argentine-born football (soccer) player who was named Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) world player of the year five times (2009–12 and 2015). Messi started playing football as a boy and in 1995 joined the youth team of Newell’s Old Boys. Messi’s phenomenal skills garnered the attention of prestigious clubs on both sides of the Atlantic. At age 13 Messi and his family relocated to Barcelona, and he began playing for FC Barcelona’s under-14 team.
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