New Delhi, June 27: In what came as a shock to millions of football fans across the globe, Lionel Messi announced his sensational retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the Copa America final.
The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out - Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina.
"For me the national team is over," the crestfallen 29-year-old told reporters. "I've done all I can, I've been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion. It's a hard moment for me and the team, and it's difficult to say, but it's over with the Argentina team."
Messi's dramatic announcement followed Argentina's third loss in a major final since 2014.
Soon after the Barcelona star made the shocking announcement, fans took to micro-blogging site to express their shock and anguish over the same.
Twitterati are hailing Lionel Messi's contribution for his country and hope the decision made out of frustration would be revoked. Then there were those who hailed Messi's legacy and his remarkable career for Argentina.
Here is what fans are saying:
It's amazing. You can have everything and still find life holding something back. Kabhi kisiko mukammal jahan nahi milta! #Messi— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 27, 2016
I know too little about Football. Of course I know #Messi. It feels like a large part of my football wisdom has retired. 😯— Parampara (@cinemawaali) June 27, 2016
When you retire at 29 and the most negative thing people can say about you is that maybe you weren't the greatest of all time. #Messi— Nigel Britto (@NigelBritto) June 27, 2016
With #Messi quitting international football, the world will be poorer without his sublime skills, his artistry and his beauty— Rajesh Menon (@RajeshMenon70) June 27, 2016
Okay #Messi is devastated but retiring is selfish. Heroes are not like that. People revere you and this what you give them in return!— Ankit (@BeingAnkit_) June 27, 2016
Hopefully this is an Afridi retirement, not a real one. #Messi— Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) June 27, 2016
Argentinians don't realize the type of player they're about to lose. Criticize him all you want, but you'll want him back. #Messi— G10vanni Carranza⚽️ (@G10Carranza) June 27, 2016
Star Club footballers coming & winning for their country is never going to happen. Lets accept it. #Messi— Asheem Tapadia (@asheemtapadia) June 27, 2016