Leo Messi's days with the Argentina national team appear to be over. At least, that's what he told the media following Argentina's latest defeat in the final of a major tournament. It was the second straight time they lost a penalty shootout to Chile in the Copa América championship game.
Visibly saddened, the FC Barcelona star said he was calling it quits.
"I was thinking about it right now in the dressing room, and that's it," Messi said. "It's over for me with the national team. We've lost four finals and that's not for me. I wanted the win, which was the one I desired most."
Questioned by journalists about whether the decision was final, Messi confirmed it.
"I think so," he said. "This is what I am thinking now, this is what I feel. It is very sad that it happened again. We once again lost on penalties, and I think the decision has been made."
Messi continued: "I've tried too many times. It hurts me more than anyone else to not be a champion with Argentina, but it hasn't happened."
"Unfortunately I leave without being able to achieve it," he said.
Messi closes out his career with La Albiceleste just days after becoming the highest scorer of its history with 55 goals in 113 matches.
Messi debuted in 2005 under the orders of the current Colombia coach José Pekerman. Although he was unable to win a title with the senior team, Messi did win the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, as well as the Under-20 World Cup three years earlier.