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Messi quits national team after heartbreaking loss to Chile

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<p>Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has retired from his national team after a fourth final loss in his career, again against Chile missing his penalty kick in the Copa America shootout loss.</p> <p>“It’s been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over,” Messi told reporters after Chile won 4-2 on penalties. <blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">AHORA</span>: Messi: “Se terminó para mí la Selección” <a href="https://t.co/Nws9kiScoV">https://t.co/Nws9kiScoV</a></p>— TyC Sports (@TyCSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/TyCSports/status/747285467461103617">June 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>“It’s not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” the emotional 29-year-old said.</p> <p>Messi’s statement got a sharp response from his teammate, Argentinian goalkeeper and captain Sergio Romero who did not buy into Messi’s retirement declaration.</p> <p>“I think Leo (Messi) was speaking in the heat of the moment because we lost a perfect opportunity,” he said at a press conference after the game hoping to get him back into the team. <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Romero?src=hash">#Romero</a> en conferencia: “Creo que Leo (<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Messi?src=hash">#Messi</a>) habló en caliente, porque se nos escapó una linda posibilidad”.</p>— Selección Argentina (@Argentina) <a href="https://twitter.com/Argentina/status/747285843958599680">June 27, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Argentina have already suffered two Copa America final defeats by Chile on penalties. Messi has been on the losing side of a final for a fourth time since his debut in 2005 as his team lost in the 2007 Copa America, 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America final.</p> <p>Messi’s only international honour is at the 2008 Olympics where they won gold but with Barcelona, has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues.</p>

It's not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion.

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