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Lionel Messi retires from Argentina squad after missing penalty in Copa America final

Lionel Messi retires from Argentina after missing penalty kick

Lionel Messi has retired from playing international soccer with Argentina after the striker missed a penalty in the Copa America final, helping give opponents Chile the victory.

In a shock announcement at the end of the game, the Barcelona forward expressed his frustration in having missed out on the title again.

"I think that's it. The national team is over for me," Messi told Argentinian television.

"It is for the good of everyone, for me and for all…I've tried a lot and we can't win a title. I'm unable to get it, it hurts me more than anyone," the striker added.

Argentina lost to Chile 4-2 in the Copa America final in which Messi missed a penalty -- another missed chance for the country to grab a cup after losing in the 2014 World Cup final to Germany and the 2015 Copa America to Chile again.

Messi is Argentina's leading goalscorer with 55 goals and made his debut for his country's senior squad in 2005. He currently plays for Barcelona in the Spanish soccer league in which he has won the "La Liga" title eight times and the prestigious UEFA Champions League four times.

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