Lionel Messi has hinted at his retirement from football for Argentina.
“My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I’m done playing with the national team,” lamented Messi, who is only 29 years of age.
The announcement comes in the wake of a talented, Messi led Argentina team losing in the Copa América Centenario Final to Chile on Sunday.
Messi also lost in the 2015 Copa América final to Chile, lost the 2014 World Cup Final to a powerful German team, and lost as a young player in the 2007 Copa América Final to Brazil.
“I tried my hardest. It’s been four finals, and I was not able to win,” lamented Messi. “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.”
Argentina lost on Sunday on a penalty shootout in which Messi sent his kick flying over the goal. After the game, he knelt on the pitch and pulled his shirt over his head.
He spent a few minutes sitting alone on the bench of MetLife Stadium in New Jersey after the match had ended.
Messi is not the only Argentine considering retirement from international football.
“Some of us are evaluating not playing for the national team anymore,” claimed Argentine star, Sergio Agüero. “Some [players] in the locker room are looking really bad; I don’t think they’ll continue with the national team.”