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FOOTBALL// Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America. The heartbroken Barcelona superstar was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shootout – 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. Messi’s dramatic announcement followed Argentina’s third loss in a major final since 2014. Despite a glittering career that has seen him be named FIFA World Player of the Year on no fewer than five occasions, Messi has often faced baffling criticism from Argentina fans. Although universally regarded as one of the greatest footballers ever, he has regularly been criticised for his failure to land a major title in the colours of Argentina.

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