In a shocking development post the Copa America final, Lionel Messi has decided to end his career as far as international football is concerned. At only 29, his best may be ahead of him but the heartbreak is a bit much for Messi. This was the third big consecutive final that Argentina lost. Along with the loss, Messi could also not bury the tag of not being at his best as far as international games are concerned. But Messi’s decision would come as a big shock for football fans in general. (Also see: Copa America 2016: Chile edge out Argentina to retain Copa America crown)Also Read - Ballon D'or 2021: Lionel Messi Does Not Deserve, Toni Kroos Reacts to PSG Man Winning it For 7th Time
It will be interesting to see the reactions to this call. Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America in a penalty shoot-out as Messi’s title curse struck again. Messi blazed a penalty over the bar in the shoot-out before Lucas Biglia missed to leave Chile’s Francisco Silva with the task of stroking home the winning spot-kick. Also Read - Lionel Messi Feels France Football Should Award Robert Lewandowski 2020 Ballon d’Or, Says He Deserves It
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It was a carbon copy of last year’s Copa America final, also won by Chile on penalties after a goalless draw. Argentina’s players meanwhile were left disconsolate as they digested a third defeat in a major final following losses to Germany in the 2014 World Cup and Chile in last year’s Copa. The defeat also ensured Argentina’s 23-year wait for a major title — and a first for five-time world player of the year Messi — continued. Listen in to know more on Messi.
The final had gone to penalties after finishing deadlocked at 0-0 after 120 minutes. Both sides were reduced to 10 men in the first half as Brazilian referee Heber Lopes struggled to get a grip on an ill-tempered contest played in front of a crowd of 82,026. (With agency inputs)