Lionel Messi retires from Argentina’s National Team

Lionel Messi has retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years. In a shocking interview after Argentina lost in the Copa America final, Lionel Messi says he’s done with international soccer. Following Argentina’s loss to Chile in the Copa America final, Lionel Messi was visibly devastated. Not long after the tournament’s closing ceremonies, Messi did an interview with TyC Sports in Argentina where he announced that he would no longer play for the national team. Fans around the world are undoubtedly hoping the same thing. And the sports press is speculating that Messi’s “retirement” might be short-lived.

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Achievements and Records of Lionel Messi throughout his Career

1.In his 10 years(and counting) for Barcelona, Messi has amassed six La Ligas, two Copas del Rey, five Supercopas de España, three UEFA Champions Leagues, two UEFA Super Cups and two Club World Cups.

2.He holds the Guinness World Records title for the most goals in a year: 91 goals in 2012

3.Most international goals in a year (club and national team): 25 goals

4.He holds the record for the most consecutive league matches scored in: 21 matches (33 goals)

5.Messi is the first footballer ever to score consecutively against all teams in a professional league

6.Messi is the first and only player to top-score in four consecutive Champions League campaigns.

7.He also has the maximum number of hat tricks in the competition

8.In March 2012, Messi made Champions League history by becoming the first player to score five goals in one match.

9.The Argentina international holds the record for most La Liga hat-tricks in one season with eight.

10.Messi holds with Batistuta the record for Most Goals Scored for Argentina in One Year – 12.

11.March 2014, with a hat-trick against Real Madrid, Messi became the player with most goals and most hat-tricks in the history of El Clásico.

12.In the La Liga, he has the record for the most goals scored for a single club -354.

13.He has the record for the most goals scored in La Liga in a season: 50 goals

14.He holds the record for the most La Liga hat-tricks in a season: 8 hat-tricks

15.He is also the youngest player to score 200 La Liga goals: 25 years.

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