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Messi announces retirement from international football??? holy s**t.. biggest rage quit of the century... i wasn't expecting that...

https://twitter.com/SoccerCooligans/status/747291497234464768?lang=en
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Not rage quit, fed up with the Argentinian FA. More players will follow (Mascehrano also retired) and they will clean up their act for the 2018 World Cup. He will play again, he's too good to retire at 29 from international football.

I feel sorry for Messi tbh, he's surrounded by ultimate chokers who score goals for their clubs for fun but can't finish simple chances.
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I blame the whole federation and the way they set up and select players. I remember in 2010 Zanetti and Cambiaso were top form and they just won treble with Inter yet Maradonna leave them out. I hope Messi win either World cup or Copa America before he retire.
"he's surrounded by ultimate chokers"

Messi is not getting off that easy, hes done the same. WC 2010 he was anonymous after tremendous hype, WC 2014 with his near 1v1 chance in the final, and now this. Higuain tho, puts bottling in major finals to another level.

But your main point is correct, Argentina FA is horrid, politcally corrupt in a way, Tevez's cut before 2014 was also ridiculous.

But I too think (and hope) that Messi will be back. Just look at Germany, heartbreak in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2012, and they finally won it in 2014, Argentina's time will come.
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generally south american federations try to select the teams instead of letting the managers do the job.. and thats wrong of them.. but in this case its crazy to even be talking about the federation.

3 finals in a row and 3 times they failed to win it... that isn't the federation's fault.. it just means Argentina have come up short in big moments. Hugain obviously but Messi, Di Maria nor Aguero have been anything special in any of the last 3 finals.. They all performed poor and below their levels in those 3 finals and lost it. They gotta take the heat for that.

I believe Messi is frustrated not just because of the losses alone but because of the bashing he has been receiving UNFAIRLY for not winning anything with Argentina and right now may feel its just best to retire. People say a lot of things when they are emotional. I'm sure he will be playing for the NT again.. even if Russia 2018's world cup is his last tournament.
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I wouldn't say the critism is all unfair, we'v seen that Messi hasn't been able to replicate his Barcelona form for his country, and thats what erks Argentinians. And Messi can't play the inept players card either cause Argentina has an incredible squad.

Compare that with Neymar in 2014, like Messi in 2010, huge hype and build up. And Neymar was brilliant, lived up to his billing, with an average Brazil team to boot. Granted they had a better manager but still.

With Dybala and Icardi rising in the ranks to kick out Higuain and Aguero, Messi needs to reconsider and believe he has a real shot in Russia 2018, hes only 29!

Tevez is a real difference maker to Argentina, his non-inclusion in the last WC was criminal, same with Zanetti in 2010, and to no shock, RB was a real problem for Maradona's Argentina, they had fking Gutierrez (winger) and Otamendi (CB) playing there lol. What a waste of a tournament gambling on a legend of a player but joke of a manager. Must be very frustrating for Argentina fans.
yes.. but again.. like i said.. they made the finals 3 times... its a lot of work to make the finals and to make it you need to be a good side and Argentina are a good side. There is no one ti blame but themselves. The selection for them is fine.. there aren't any other players u can put in that team right now really that would make a difference except for Dybala.. who only had one season so far.

i say its unfair because they act like he doesnt give a s**t and he clearly does. He could have chosen to play for spain but chose Argentina. Some argentine commentator Radio or TV (im not sure) said when Messi was crying, "he should go hide and find a different place to cry". I've only read this and not heard it myself but thats the kinda treatment he gets from many Argentinians
I saw it in his eyes earlier and told my wife that he is quitting tho I haven't expected that.

Poor Leo,he has done everything for the team,yet people care to criticize him for the loses.three major competition finals in a row,that's a good shout people to respect it.he been in fantastic form this term until Brazilian ref decided to f**k up game.I hope he would change his mind afterwards come out from initial shock.
He can't blame anyone here for not living up to the expectations for his country. And what an awful penalty.
It's funny to see everyone crucifying higuin.True he missed a sitter,but what about aguero's two chances that went high or Messi choked on most important time.It's a part of Argentine team culture,they have to be one of the weakest team in terms mental toughness that even arsenal can't match that.watching their games all these years ,I realize they're always innovating new ways to choke.let's look upon some of past chokes.

1998 WC : batigoal hit bar twice,ortega was their best player and fouled by opponents for record57 time.he lost his cool at the very end,head butted vandersar and got sent off.

2002 WC : Best Argentine team I have seen.teams got scared off them and played parking bus strategy,missed tons of chances and lost first round.
2004 copa: best team in final,but Brazil scored two in two chances,went winning on penalties.
2007 copa: best team in tournament,outplayed by Brazil in final.
2008 WC : coach madness cost us big time.
2011.copa : another penalty shoot out lose.

And recent tournaments.

Lol,they could've easily won more than 6 titles easily and they have won nothing.

ULTIMATE CHOKERS!!
The game would have been totally different if Higuain would've scored his chance.
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argentina has no gameplan. chile played the exact same for the entire tournament. in the end, they won again on pens. it is luck but it is hard not to acknowledge that they are the best TEAM in the americans. tremendous fight, tremendous heart.

with a decent coach argentina has one more chance to make it to the summit with this crop (messi, di maria, aguero, etc).

but they need to start blooding the youth. correa and dybala need to be involved for starters. time to let go of higuain.
It is so painful to see one of the best if not the best player to ever play the game... Not lift a trophy with his country and know that history will not remember him as they should because of that.

Higuain should never play Argentina again
Messi can't do it all on his own and although his penalty was bad. He was carrying his team the whole tournament.... Again

Messi probably doesn't even care about any champions league or Liga anymore all he f*****g wants is a trophy with his national team
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Both Bravo and Romero saved one penalty each. Messi set up the platform for Chile to win the penalty shootout. There's nothing worse than missing the target.
This game shouldn't have gone into the penalties anyway...so disappointing.
Too sad to see Messi crying like this..
If Higuain plays for Argentina again, I will slap that idiot.
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The guy cost the whole country to suffer 3 times...what a shame...
Higuain should also consider retirement, for good.
Argentina is allergic to winning trophies.
3 for 3 finals choked
-_-
They lose cos they always panic.. Never play confident in any final.
It's too painful. What a shame
19 years and running,still no joy as a fan.it makes me sad even more that first time I have seen Messi crying.
Well there you go...Argentina f*****g up yet again....three consecutive competitions in a god damn row....
Terrible penalty messi...
Unbelievable


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