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For Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

Copa America
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Copa America verdict: Best and worst game, best goal, biggest surprise, more

Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.

Now that the 2016 Copa America has come to an end, we asked our writers to reflect on its highs and lows.

BEST GAME

Tim Vickery: I enjoyed Argentina's semifinal display in the 4-0 win vs. the U.S. and Chile's 7-0 quarterfinal rout of Mexico immensely; they were magnificent team performances. But in terms of a game involving two teams, I think I might have to go with Ecuador 2-2 Peru. The Peruvians started out like a train, with Ecuador straining to get back in it.

Jeff Carlisle: Argentina 2-1 Chile: This...

USMNT Copa roster audit: Sizing up each player's long-term outlook

The ESPN FC crew debate whether the evolution of the United States under Jurgen Klinsmann has lived up to expectations.

With the Copa America Centenario in the books, the attention of the U.S. men's national team returns to qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

By guiding his team to a fourth-place finish at Copa America, coach Jurgen Klinsmann met the semifinal expectations he set for the team before the tournament but didn't exceed them. It's enough to suggest that the team might be getting back on track after a couple of underachieving years, while still leaving ample questions to be answered on the road to Russia.

So what exactly did this tournament tell us about the players who will be involved over the next two years? And where do they go from here? Here's an audit of the USMNT's Copa America roster as 2018 preparation begins in earnest. Players have been classified into four groups: those who are here to stay as starters; those whose starting spot is up in the air; those who are aging out; and those whose future is bright but uncertain.

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi 'belongs to all of football' - Barcelona chief Josep Bartomeu

Luis Segura spoke out about Lionel Messi's announcement that he's retiring from the national team - urging the star forward to change his mind.
A statue to Lionel Messi is unveiled in Buenos Aires.
The FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi's international retirement harms his chances of being called the greatest ever.
Juan Pablo Sorin says Lionel Messi's retirement from international football is a disaster for the game.
Argentinian fans express sadness following Lionel Messi's retirement from international football.
Former Argentina International and 1986 World Cup winner Oscar Ruggeri says his country cannot afford to lose Lionel Messi to retirement.
Max Bretos joins SVP to share his thoughts on Lionel Messi, saying the Argentina forward has gotten too comfortable and feels that the international game simply isn't for him.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi needs to recharge and get back on his feet for the good of the game of football, said club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

Bartomeu was speaking about Messi's decision to retire from the Argentina national team after the Albiceleste lost to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

The 29-year-old sparked an uproar in Argentina with his abrupt resignation. Messi is the national team's career leading scorer with 55 goals in 113 international appearances, but he has...