Messi Quits International Football After Chile’s Copa America Win

The Chilean soccer team once again reigns as Copa America winners. But with its victory comes the end of an Argentine superstar's dreams.

In an unexpected twist of the Copa America final, Argentina’s Lionel Messi missed his penalty kick, grabbed his head, clenched his teeth and tried to hide his face in his shirt.

And for good reason. Argentina's missed scoring opportunities allowed Chile to become the Copa America champions for the second year running.

Chile beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties in the final, with the match finishing 0-0 after 120 minutes at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

As a dejected and tearful Messi made his way off the field, Chilean players swarmed the pitch. Chile’s Alexis Sanchez was all smiles as he received the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s top player.

"I am speechless,” Sanchez said. “Just want to thank my teammates and all the people who supported us. Now, Chileans, enjoy.”

The Chilean soccer team fans around the world celebrated their team’s win with much glee.

Singers Pitbull and Cierra took to the stage and delighted all fans with an electrifying performance after Chile’s victory.

But Messi, who celebrated his 29th birthday two days ago, announced his retirement soon after the game.

“The national team is over for me. It's been four finals, it's not meant for me," said Messi. “I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over.”

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