Lionel Messi announces his international retirement: Watch the moment with English subtitles

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Lionel Messi shocked the world when he announced his retirement from international football last night.

The Barcelona superstar had possibly the worst night of his incredible career after he skied a penalty in the shoot-out which ultimately saw him miss out on a chance to win his first major international trophy.

In an interview with Argentine TV, Messi revealed the shocking news that he has just played his final match for his country. (Scroll down to watch the interview below with English subtitles.)


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In the exchange with the presenter, Messi said: "It's been four finals, I tried.

"It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over.

"I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, then for everyone.

"I think there's a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.

"It's very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back."

You can clearly see just how emotional Messi is whilst he’s speaking.

However, there is hope that this decision was made in the heat of the moment and that the winger hadn’t had time to calm down after the devastating loss.

That’s what Argentina and Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero is hoping when he was asked about the announcement after the match.

"I think he spoke while he was heated, because a beautiful opportunity escaped us," said Romero.

"I can't imagine a national team without Messi."

But it might not just be Messi that Argentina will be without in the future. Fellow star Sergio Aguero admitted that there could be plenty of other players hanging up their international boots following Messi’s announcement.

"There are several players who are evaluating not continuing with the national team," the Manchester City striker told South American media.

He added: "It is the worst defeat ever, worse than the two other finals. So the thinking is it might be time to make room for other players."

Argentine newspaper La Nation believe Aguero, Javier Mascherano and Gonzalo Higuain are set to retire while ESPN Deportes state that Angel di Maria, Lucas Biglia, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Ever Banega could follow suit.

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