Will Lionel Messi really never play for Argentina again? That's a question that will no doubt be asked time and time again until, perhaps, the Barcelona icon once again stars for his country.
But there's every chance that Messi, who is duly recognised as one of the greatest players in the history of the game, will never again don the blue and white stripes of Argentina.
That's because, after suffering yet more international heartbreak with his country during the summer's Copa America tournament - Argentina were beaten at the hands of Chile in the final for the second consecutive year - Messi opted to call time on his international career.
Unsurprisingly, following his announcement, there has already been many pleas to get him to reverse his decision.
Indeed, as per Goal.com, it appears that the Argentine FA and the government have both attempted to change the player's mind.
In fact, the report even claims that the governing body had planned to give the superstar a say in just who would become the next manager of the national side.
But their efforts haven't quite gone to plan. Argentina are set to take on Uruguay in a World Cup qualifier on September 1, but Messi will not feature.
The same report from Goal claims that sources from Messi's family have insisted that the superstar will not complete a return.
"Right now he is not part of the national team," the family explained. "He does not impose trainers nor does he get them sacked."
That's that, then; Messi will not play for his country in the immediate future.
While Messi's decision has clearly caused a great deal of outrage in Argentina, it's fair to say that fans of Barcelona will be feeling fairly satisfied right now.
Without the prospect of international football, the versatile forward should become an even greater threat for his club.
At 29-years-old, Messi is only a couple of years away from reaching the latter stages of his career and rest will play a huge role in helping him maintain his extremely high standards.
As it stands, then, the player will be intent on helping Barca once again challenge for the major honours. The Catalans will start the new season as favourites to retain their La Liga crown, while they will be hoping to dethrone rivals Real Madrid as champions of Europe.
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