Lionel Messi ‘Broken’ After Copa America Final Penalty Miss, Says Sergio Aguero

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Published: June 27, 2016

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Argentina striker Sergio Aguero said captain Lionel Messi was "broken" after missing from the spot in his country's Copa America Centenario final penalty-shootout defeat to Chile on Sunday evening. Plus, the forward hinted he could follow his team-mate into early international retirement.

La Albiceleste lost a third major final in two years on Sunday, and Aguero emphasised just how badly five-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi took the defeat, per the Mirror's Hamish Mackay:

We are all s----y, we are trying to think about other things and continue on forward. But it's hard. Once again luck has gone against us.

Unfortunately, the most broken one is Messi for his missed penalty. It is the worst I have ever seen him in the dressing rooms after a game.

Messi, 29, announced his retirement from international football after the result, per the Sun's Jim Sheridan, saying: "For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion. My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I’m done playing with the national team."

The forward leaves Argentina's ranks as the nation's top scorer with 55 goals in 113 appearances, but it's possible his last kick for the team could go down as one of the worst sign-offs in football:



Manchester City marvel Aguero, 28, and Barcelona's Javier Mascherano, 32, are also said to have hung up their boots, with Angel Di Maria, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Gonzalo Higuain and Lucas Biglia all reportedly set to follow.



Argentina would be losing a dangerous amount of superstar talent if the reports prove accurate, and manager Gerardo Martino's side could face a major rebuild during their bid to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

Sunday's loss was the second year in succession Argentina have surrendered the Copa America to Chile via a penalty shootout, both ...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - International Football

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