Lionel Messi is over the media coverage after Argentina failure

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Lionel Messi may well have won near enough everything during his remarkable stint at Barcelona, but it's safe to say that he has endured a tricky time for his national side. 

Indeed, with Argentina, Messi has failed to truly come to prominence: he has scored 50 goals in 107 appearances for the national team but hasn't been able to deliver silverware.

After loss' in two Copa America finals and a defeat in the 2014 World Cup final, things haven't quite gone the superstar's way. 


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He and his Argentine teammates have been out of luck in recent years and Messi has often come under scrutiny from the media. 

But the current Ballon d'Or holder has insisted he's over that the media wanted to 'destroy' after heartache with Argentina. 

Messi's over it 

When asked whether it bothered him that he had made the World Cup final and not won the competition, he responded, as per ESPN, by stating: "Well, that always happens. I am used to it. But yes, we made it to the final. It isn't like we only made it to the second round, we made it to the final and that is not easy.

"I have said this in other interviews: It is not easy. We were very close and we lost to Germany, a great national team with great players and they just got past us.

"Just like the Copa America, the loss came down to the details, we lost [vs. Chile in 2015] in penalty kicks. But to say that the media wanted to destroy me, I'm over that."

Messi's faithful following will still be desperate to see him secure a major honour for his country before he retires and that could still happen. 

At 28-years-old, the Barcelona star has time on his side and can still lead Argentina to glory over the coming years. 

No Olympics 

Messi won't, however, be handed the opportunity to help Argentina succeed at this summer's Olympics and he's admitted that he's disappointed to be missing out. 

He continued by stating: "I would have liked to go because it was a spectacular experience for me to play in the (2008) Olympics, just as it was for the (2005) U20 World Cup. Not just because we won, but for the experience I gained.

"It was a great experience to stay in the Olympic Village and meet other elite athletes from other sports and to be just another athlete among them; that was very spectacular even though we didn't spend a lot of time in the village."

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