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An era of soccer ended as Argentine forward and team captain Lionel Messi missed his penalty shootout for the first time ever by sending it over New Jersey’s crossbar.
Messi lifted Argentina’s first penalty kick over the air, setting a stage for another loss in the final as Chile topped La Albiceleste 4-2 from the spot.
Messi had another chance to win after losing two previous copa America finals and a world cup final,but because he missed the shoot when Argentina needed him the most he was clearly devasted by his misfortune.
Though Messi is a 5 time Ballon d’Or winner and won many La liga titles he has never been able to bring home a major international championship playing for his home country.
All this lead to Lionel Messi’s shocking announcement that he will quit playing for AFA(Argentine Football Association) and declared his International retirement.
” For me, the national team is over,” he said after defeat by Chile in the Copa America final.
‘I’ve done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion. “It was the thing I wanted the most,but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”
‘It’s been four finals, I tried,’ added Messi, who made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has played 113 times for his country.”
‘It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.”
These were the words from heartbroken little genius.
Reasons which made Messi to lose his will and forced him to quit.
1)Argentina hasn’t won a major international title in 23 years.
2)Losing three finals in a row was heartbreaking.
3)He missed the crucial penalty when he was needed the most.
4)Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona who won 1986 World cup for his country had said before the match that they shouldn’t bother coming back home if they didn’t win.
5)Argentine players frustration over AFA,which has suffered from issues like political power struggle,organisational issues and financial problem.
6)Media criticism that Messi will receive a godlike stature only when he wins a international title for his homeland
Though Maradona had made previous statements he urges Messi to come back to the team as Argentina needs him the most in 2018 world cup in Russia.Even Argentina’s President asked him to return.
Although Messi will continue to play club football for barcelona,his exit from international football led a disaster to his fans.They thought the worse that could happen was to lose the cup but Messi’s announcement was unbearable.
Hashtags like #StayMessi #DontgoLeo #ComeBackMessi have filled the internet with messages of love for the world’s best footballer(quoted by many).
As many football fans predict that his retirement his shortlived just like Zinedine Zedine and he might comeback.Messi’s present age(29) is a golden time for him as many footballers normally achieved the peak at this point,so it’s still not late whatever may be the reason we hope that our hero to come back and show his brilliance once again.
What are your remarks on this soccer shocker?