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Lionel Messi announces international retirement after Copa America loss vs Chile

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.

Lionel Messi announces international retirement after Copa America loss vs Chile

New Delhi: Much to the dismay of several football fans from across the world, Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on Monday announced retirement from international football.

"For me the national team is over. I`ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar told reporters after his fourth defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Earlier, defending champions Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out here Sunday as Lionel 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 at the MetLife Stadium.

Here is the video of Messi' miss:

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.

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.

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