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The Argentinean Lionel Messi is one the most talented, celebrated and rich footballers of the 21th century. Why Messi leaves national football team? What made him take such a principle and resolute decision? Check up the article for more information.

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The best Argentinean forward of all times Lionel Messi plans to end his football career for the national team. “Barcelona” player shared this sad information with journalists after the final match of Copa America against Chile. The game ended without goals. In the penalty shootout Chile won with a score of 4: 2. In this series Messi missed a penalty shot.

After this declaration Lionel Messi was highlighted in all world news. Leo also told that it was quite a complicated time for detailed analysis. “For me, playing for Argentina ended. Unfortunately, we failed to win. I think that is already enough for me. I experience a huge pain”, Messi explained his decision.

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This choice of a great football player caused a major resonance in Argentina. Hundreds of thousands of football fans now are trying to persuade Messi to stay in the team. Even Argentina's president Macri personally called Messi and asked him not to leave football.

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In 2005, at the age of eighteen years, Messi debuted for the national team. In total, Argentina forward played 112 games and scored 55 goals. He holds the record for number of goals for Argentina, being ahead of one goal of its former forward Gabriel Batistuta.

Messi became the silver prize-winner of 2014 world championship. In 2008, he won the gold medal of the Olympic Games.

Career

In 1995, Leo began his career in a professional club “Newels Old Boys”. In 1997, as a player of this club, he won Peru Friendship Cup.

When Lionel was thirteen, one of the shareholders of “Barcelona” somehow received information about a young talent. He asked a couple of scouts to convince Leo`s father to bring Messi to Spain. On September 18, 2000, Messi arrived in Barcelona. The director of the football club Carles Reshak was so impressed by the talent of the player that he immediately influenced the board of directors to buy Messi and bring his family to Catalonia. Since then, Leo Messi`s international football life has been associated with Barcelona forever.

Argentina forward Lionel Messi

Football Achievements

In one of Guinness World Records recent editions the Argentinean footballer was mentioned as many as five times. Among the most prominent Leo`s football achievements are:

  • Author of 50 goals in 37 matches in Spain Championship (2011/12);
  • Four-time winner of the Golden Ball;
  • Author of three hat-tricks in a Champions League;
  • The most titled football player in Argentine history;
  • Member of Argentina symbolic team of all times;
  • Messi is the most expensive world footballer.

Lionel Messi Gold ball

What did Messi win with Barcelona?

Presently, as Barcelona forward Leo Messi has won twenty-eight of the most prestigious football trophies:

Argentina best forward Lionel Messi

  • Eightfold champion of Spain;
  • Four-time champion of Copa del Rey;
  • Six-time winner of the Spanish Super Cup;
  • Four-time champion of the Champions League;
  • Three-time holder of the UEFA Super Cup;
  • Three-time champion of the FIFA Club World Cup.

Lionel Messi`s last goal for Argentina (21.06.2016)

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