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Messi quits international soccer

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 00:51

Lionel Messi has said he will retire from international soccer, after Argentina was beaten by Chile in the Copa America final. Yiming Woo reports.

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Five-time World Player of the Year Lionel Messi has quit international soccer. He made the announcement after Argentina was beaten 4-2 by Chile in a penalty shootout at the Copa America final. The striker missed the opening penalty after the game ended 0-0. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ARGENTINA CAPTAIN LIONEL MESSI SAYING: "This is it. I fought hard. This is the fourth final I couldn't win. I would like to win for the national team more than anybody, but I think it's not for me." The announcement came as a shock to his team mates, who hope it's not final. 29-year-old Messi is widely believed to be the greatest player of his generation and has won every trophy possible with his club, Barcelona. Some have even compared him to Argentinian legend, Diego Maradona.

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Messi quits international soccer

Monday, June 27, 2016 - 00:51