Messi was distraught after missing a spot-kick as Chile snatched victory in a penalty shoot-out in New Jersey Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final while representing Argentina.

By contrast the 29-year-old forward has won 24 titles since joining Barcelona in 2004 including eight Liga crowns and four Champions League trophies with Barcelona.

"There is no explanation or advice possible, we know very well that Leo is the X factor of this team. His trophy cabinet is full with the Blaugrana (Barcelona), but the one he reserves for Argentina is empty, and it's not for lack of trying," wrote a sports website.

“For his club, Messi has won everything, and had everything he needed to succeed ... (in Argentina) he could never benefit from a football which protected him and allowed him to play at his best level. At Barca and in Barcelona, Messi is God. But not in Argentina,” wrote a sports journalist.

"Leo will not return to the national team, he's reached a point where he has the impression that everything is his fault," wrote another journalist.

According to the journalist, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner has always been hampered by comparisons with Diego Maradona.

"Maradona gave Argentina what Leo Messi could never give on the pitch, even being the best footballer in the world. And Leo said 'enough'. No more tears, no more suffering and guilt.”

"The latest failure of Argentina in the Copa America was the final straw for Messi. He quits Argentina to focus in what really makes him happy: Playing in Barcelona."


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