It is wise to advise top players to quit while they are still ahead.
Lionel Messi decides to walk away from international competition while he still has so much to offer and is at the top of his game. He arrived at this decision following his team’s loss to Chile in the Copa America final.
Messi seems to be in a muddle of emotions at the moment after their huge loss on the penalties. This is the fourth time he has played with Argentina in the finals of a major competition since joining the team back in 2005. Together, they have lost all four.
Lionel Messi wanted to win against Chile so bad this time that he ended up utterly devastated when they failed.
Both teams were on a stalemate following extra time of play, but Messi missed that penalty kick. They ended up 0-0 after 120 minutes of play, and Messi missed the penalty with the ball shot over the bar, and his emotions shoot up with it. It was the first time he has missed a penalty kick in his entire career.
It was the second time in a row that Argentina has lost to Chile.
“It hurts not to be the champion,” he said, detesting the whole situation and angry at himself and possibly the Argentinian management. “It has been four finals — it just wasn’t for me unfortunately. I looked for it, and wanted it so bad, but it didn’t happen for me,” he continued.
Messi is widely regarded as the best player in the world, yet despite his creativity at play his only major international award is an Olympic gold in 2008. Quitting from the international scene will limit his accomplishments in comparison to former greats Diego Maradona and Pele.
While this may well be a decision made at the heat of the moment, he seems to have made up his mind. If so, he will continue to play club football for the Spanish champions F.C. Barcelona. While he remains to be the world’s most talented player, a shadowy question on greatness looms over him following his decision.
“For me the national team is over,” a tearful Messi said. He added, “It’s very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back.”
Messi further shared, “I think this is best for everyone, firstly for me and for a lot of people that wish this. The team has ended for me, a decision made. I tried many times [to be champion with Argentina] and I leave without being able to obtain it.”
Shocked teammates and fans all over the world still hope he changes his mind.
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