Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football, shortly after Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile (4-2).
Messi missed a penalty in the shootout but was instrumental in getting his country to the final match. However, he shocked the world of sport with what many hope is a decision he will eventually make a U-turn on.
This is how Twitter reacted to the news...
God dont like tax fraud Messi— Curve Vonnegut (@Beewirks) June 27, 2016
In today's episode of #GameofThrones , Messi's international career dies.— Gappistan Radio (@GappistanRadio) June 27, 2016
Modi: Sirji, ab to #Messi bhi retire ho gaya, heheAdvani: Kids these days I tell you, hehe pic.twitter.com/99EPG5FHvJ— The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) June 27, 2016
Messi retiring at an age when doctors just about start their careers. Sigh! #Messi— The Bad Doctor (@DOCTORATLARGE) June 27, 2016
Aguero (about Messi's retirement): "I don't know what the other players are thinking but what I say today... I've never seen before."— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 27, 2016
Messi's the ultimate GOAT, but when it comes to being tough mentally, Ronaldo is head and shoulders above him. That guy keeps coming back.— Manas (@ScholesEsque) June 27, 2016
Messi is just 29. Pain of defeat in 3 finals in 3yrs perhaps taking its toll. He was very emotional post match. pic.twitter.com/tumRFdGcEf— Ben Smith (@BSmith) June 27, 2016
Maradona, before #CopaAmerica final: "If you don't win, don't come back"Messi took it too seriously. #MessiRetires— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) June 27, 2016
Didn't know Messi was so bummed about not featuring in Dwayne Bravo's list. https://t.co/52R8mKocUJ— Chelston D'souza (@chelston_dsouza) June 27, 2016
Shahid Afridi is a man of principles. Irrespective of sport and country, he takes back his retirement when any younger player retire— Ra_Bies (@Ra_Bies) June 27, 2016
Aguero "They treat Messi like a fucking criminal, he's the saddest one of us.."— Goal Digger (@FCBGoalDigger) June 27, 2016
Sanchez to Messi: "That was for 2006."Messi: "Oh my God, I have failed my club! Must quit national team."#CopaAMerica— Chiranjit Ojha (@ChiranjitOjha) June 27, 2016