For some reason when it’s all on the line for Argentina, Leo Messi changes from Michael Jordan into Charles Barkley. Messi’s string of disappointing international results continued to grow in Copa America America Final against Chile at MetLife stadium in New York on Sunday.
Chile stunned Argentina 4 – 2 in penalties, adding to the one glaring flaw in Messi’s otherwise legendary resume.
Argentina’s prodigal talent rocketed his penalty attempt over the crossbar in the shootout, all but sealing the win for Chile.
You gotta feel for Messi. ? https://t.co/Fq0Ui0Q4ca
— Mike Sanz (@mikesanz19) June 27, 2016
Even though Messi has probably the most decorated and prolific club career ever, including 5 world player of the year trophies and 4 UEFA European Club Championships, football greatness is measured in World Cups and international titles. Because Messi has nothing to show in three World Cup appearances, including losing 1 – 0 in the 2014 World Cup Final to Germany, his legacy looks A-Rodesque.
When Messi was interviewed after last night’s crushing defeat, he made the shocking revelation that he is retiring from playing for Argentina’s national team.
Did Leo Messi just announce his retirement from the Argentine National Soccer team? https://t.co/IvOoBNwmG9
— Joshua Hoyos (@JoshuaHoyos) June 27, 2016
Doubters won’t put much stock in a knee jerk retirement statement after a devastating loss. It’s hard to imagine the 29 year old Messi won’t rethink his position. Smart money has to be on him suiting up for Argentina in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. He’ll still be at the top of his game and should have had time to lick his wounds from last night and attempt to check the last box in his otherwise historic career.