Lionel Messi is jinxed with his national team, the Albiceleste. There is no other explanation after Argentina lost a third consecutive final in three years – and again it was the slimmest of margins.
But the result of that loss is that Messi ‘may’ have decided that his time is up with the national team.
In his 112th appearance for his country – he could not lead his team past Chile, as they lost 4-2 on penalties [they had also lost the 2015 Copa edition to Chile on penalties}.
“For me the national team is over. I’ve done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion,” Messi said after the loss.
Maradona had told C5N on Wednesday: “Of course I think we [Argentina] will win.
But he then added a warning to Messi and his teammates, “But if you don’t win, don’t come back.”
So after 55 goals and no trophies, Barcelona’s legend is saying bye-bye to Argentina, where he has never really felt true love.