Following the 4-2 penalty loss to Chile at the Copa America final on Sunday, Lionel Messi might never play for Argentina again.
The news comes off the back of Messi’s criticising the Argentine Football Federation (AFA) ahead of the final.
He revealed in a news conference on Friday that he had a backlog of complaints with the Argentine FA.
The Barcelona star said after the match that his career with the national team is over.
“My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I’m done playing with the national team,” he told newsmen.
“I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible.
“It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me.
“I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen.”
Asked if he were retiring, and if he would wear his country’s shirt again, the 29-year old said:
“I don’t think so,” he said.
“I’ve thought about it. Like I said earlier, I tried everything possible to win. And that’s it. It’s four finals lost.”
Argentina lost 4-2 on penalties to Chile after a 0-0 draw in MetLife Stadium, and an emotional Messi
Messi lost the 2014 World Cup final and three Copa America finals while playing for Argentina.
It was also gathered that several of his long-time international colleagues could follow his step.
Sources have it that Sergio Aguero, Javier Mascherano and Lucas Biglia are also planning to retire.
Even Ever Banega, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain are also considering their international futures, according to reports.
Aguero told reporters after the match, “Some of us are evaluating not playing for the national team anymore.
“Some (players) in the locker room are looking really bad; I don’t think they’ll continue with the national team. If you think about it, creating opportunities for other players is a good thing for the national team.”
Aguero added, referencing Messi’s missed penalty kick in the shootout: “Lamentably, the most f—ed up is Leo, because of the penalty. It’s the worst I’ve seen him in the dressing room.
“We are hurting because of Messi — there’s no explanation to what happened to him.
“He tried it all to get the championship for us. For us, he’s still the best player of the world.
“I really don’t know how to explain [the loss].
“We tried and did everything we could do and out of the past two finals this has been the toughest one to swallow.
I truly don’t know what the other players are thinking, but I’ve never seen anything like what I saw today.
Messi made his senior international debut in 2005.
He is Argentina’s all-time top scorer, with 55 goals from 113 appearances.
He rocked his teammates with the news, with goalkeeper Sergio Romero saying the No. 10 might have made a hasty decision.
“I think that Leo spoke in the heat of the moment because a good opportunity passed us by,” Romero said.
“I can’t imagine the national team without Messi.”
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