Man at His Best

Messi Announces Retirement From International Football

He leaves without a major international title under his belt.

BY EDITORS | Jun 27, 2016 | Culture

It was a shocking miss. Messi had the opportunity to give Argentina a huge advantage in the penalty shootout in the Copa America final against Chile after the match ended in a goalless draw. Instead, he sent the ball well over the crossbar and into the stands. 

Chile eventually won the shootout to retain their title. Messi left the pitch in tears and sat alone on the Argentinean bench while Chile dance, sang and celebrated in front of him. 

It was heartbreaking for Messi who has never won a major tournament with his country—a blemish in an otherwise remarkable career. 

Well it appears Messi will forever be reminded of that, now that he’s just announced his retirement from international football. “For me, the national team is over,” he said. “I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion.” 

The 29-year-old will return to Camp Nou where he’ll look to defend FC Barcelona’s La Liga title next season. His contract with the club runs until 2018.