Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has retired from international duty ‘until further notice’
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Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has temporarily retired from international football.
Messi, 31, began his international career in 2005, since going on to rack up 128 appearances for the Albiceleste, as well as becoming the country’s all-time top goalscorer with 65 goals.
However, the 5-time Ballon D’Or winner’s time spent playing for Argentina has been far from a straightforward affair, with Messi, despite having carried his nation on his back throughout entire tournaments in the past, having incredibly still been heavily criticized in his home country.
The main mark against the Barcelona star’s career with the Albiceleste has been the lack of an international trophy, with Messi and co. having fallen at the last hurdle in finals in both the Copa America (twice) and the World Cup.
What is so often forgotten by the veteran’s critics, though, is the fact that Messi acted as the absolute driving force behind Argentina even getting within touching distance of a trophy over the last decade in the first place.
As such, with the South Americans having looked a raggedy mess at this summer’s World Cup under Jorge Sampaoli, eventually culminating in a 4-3 last-16 defeat at the hands of since-crowned champions France.
Question marks have once again been raised regarding whether or not Messi will choose to prolong his international career.
Messi has actually already retired once before, now that the attacker has once again chosen to, at least for the time being, hang up his international boots.
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