Lionel Messi has had a pretty tough 12 months on the international stage.
Regularly criticised for not replicating his Barcelona form for Argentina and now in danger of finishing his career without any major honours with La Albiceleste, Messi would have been distraught after losing the Copa America final on Saturday night.
The four-time Ballon d'Or winner couldn't inspire Argentina as they were pressured into a 0-0 draw against Chile and crumbled during the penalty shootout.
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In fact, Messi was the only one in blue and white to convert his spot-kick, giving Alexis Sanchez the easy task of scoring the decisive penalty. 4-1 was the final score, sealing another disappointment for this generation of nearly men for Argentina.
Had they won last night and had they also won in the Maracana last summer, then this team would have surely carved their name into the history books.
What a hero
Now, however, they, along with Messi, face the possibility of being the best international team to never win a trophy.
But despite the prospect of falling short of his potential, Messi was still able to take a photo with what appeared to be a Chilean ball boy after the game.
The Barcelona superstar couldn't mask his sadness, however, making for a rather hilarious Vine, as you will see below.
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