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Barcelona hero Messi: ‘I’m done playing' with Argentina

Lionel Messi has given a strong indication that he could retire from international football.

The 29-year-old star cut a dejected figure after Argentina were beaten by Chile in the final of the 2016 Copa America in New Jersey on Sunday.

The Barcelona superstar skied his penalty in the shootout which La Albiceleste lost 4-2 to La Roja who defended last year's Copa title in the Centenario year of the competition.

After the match, Messi told reporters: "My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I'm done playing with the national team."

Quizzed further on whether he was retiring or not, Messi added: "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."

The 2016 Copa final defeat was Messi's fourth loss in a major tournament decider following on from the 2015 and 2007 Copa losses and 2014 FIFA World Cup disappointment at the hands of Germany.

Messi made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has gone on to score a national record 55 goals in 113 appearances.

Andrew Slevison
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