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Messi says he is quitting Argentina team

Messi renuncia a la selección argentina

Leo Messi is to quit the Argentina national team after losing in the Copa América Centenario final against Chile. The Barcelona star is tired of trying and, after four final defeats, his decision seems firm. Messi spoke to reporters in the mixed zone at the MetLife Stadium and dropped the bombshell. “It’s over for me with […]


27 de junio de 2016 - Sportyou

Leo Messi is to quit the Argentina national team after losing in the Copa América Centenario final against Chile. The Barcelona star is tired of trying and, after four final defeats, his decision seems firm.

Messi spoke to reporters in the mixed zone at the MetLife Stadium and dropped the bombshell. “It’s over for me with the national team. That’s four finals lost, maybe being champion with Argentina is not for me. I’ve tried it lots of times, and I’m leaving without having managed it.”

He apparently took the decision in the dressing room. “It’s difficult, it’s not the right moment for analysis, and I thought about it in the dressing room and I thought that this is not for me, the national team is over for me. As I said, that’s four finals now, and it’s not for me.”

The journalist tried to get ‘La Pulga’ (‘the Flea’) to elaborate but always received the same reply. “That’s how I feel now, what I think. It’s a great sadness, but it’s happened again and on top of it all I had to miss that penalty when they had missed their first one. It was a really important penalty, one to make a difference, and today it was my turn to miss”, said the 29-year-old.

“I’m thinking about what’s best for everyone. First of all, for me, and then for the rest. I think a lot of people want this because they’re not happy with things the way they are, like we are not, reaching finals and then not winning them. Unfortunately, though I searched for it, I didn’t get it, and I think it’s over now.”

Messi finished off stating that he is retiring. “I think so, I’ve already taken the decision. I’ve tried it every way. It hurts me more than anyone else not to be champion with Argentina, but it didn’t happen. Sadly, I’m quitting without having managed to achieve it.”

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