Lionel Messi, five-time Fifa World Player of the Year, announced his retirement from international football after Argentina lost the final of the Copa America Centenario to Chile on Sunday.
“It’s not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” the 29-year-old said after defeat by Chile at the Copa America.
The five-time Fifa Player of the Year has won four Champions League titles and eight La Liga crowns with Barcelona, but has yet to win a trophy with Argentina’s senior team.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the football star’s retirement:
Messi retires from international football. The only thing remaining to make 2016 a true annus horribilis is a Federer retirement.— Sachin Kalbag (@SachinKalbag) 27 June 2016
Seeing Messi retire from international football makes you appreciate him even more while here's here. Best player to ever play the game.— - (@AnfieldRd96) 27 June 2016
Messi trying hard to give something to a country that never gave him anything in the first place— Alexis Medina (@MedinaAVFC8) 27 June 2016
If #Messi sticks to his decision, it will be sad. Feels like an decision made out of emotional & physical fatigue.— George D. Metellus (@GDMetellus8) 27 June 2016
Knowing Messi isn't going to be in the World Cup.... Breaks my heart...— Messi✨⚽️ (@Barcagirl08) 27 June 2016
Many were in denial
Emotions running high, can't believe Messi will sign off like this. He's the greatest, after all. He'll be back.— Juvefc.com (@juvefcdotcom) 27 June 2016
We've all said stupid things in the heat of the moment. For the sake of football let's hope Messi reconsiders international retirement.— Dan Thomas (@DanThomasESPN) 27 June 2016
#Messi says he's retiring from international football. I don't believe him.— Premier League Talk (@LFCLegacy) 27 June 2016
Can't wait for Messi to Make a U Turn on his International Retirement and then Win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.— Gowtham KJ ♛ (@Gowtham_KJ) 27 June 2016
Lionel Messi retired from International Football and I loved him even without knowing much about football... pic.twitter.com/cuLdvBnV0T— Bobgally (@Krishnan_Masi) 27 June 2016
Of course, there was a hashtag: #Mexit
Messi: "The national team is over for me. I think it's good for everyone." Mexit.— Rahul Singh (@forevruntd) 27 June 2016
Twitter wits weren’t far behind in making light of the situation:
Maybe Messi is retiring because he couldn't Copa with the times.— Sahil Shah (@SahilBulla) 27 June 2016
Switched from messy crying on Lifetime to ESPN, only to see ... Messi crying.— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) 27 June 2016
Someone please go and show Lionel Messi a pic of Shahid Afridi. We want him back— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) 27 June 2016
Arvind Kejriwal asked Messi to show his degrees and so he retired. ~Sources— Godman Chikna (@Madan_Chikna) 27 June 2016
In today's episode of #GameofThrones , Messi's international career dies.— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) 27 June 2016
Messi missed a penalty and decided to retire. I missed so many opportunities in life, I should retire from life.— Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) 27 June 2016