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For Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

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Messi's Argentina career in numbers

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Lionel Messi is an artist disguised as a footballer -- losses don't matter

The FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi's international retirement harms his chances of being called the greatest ever.

LOS ANGELES -- As in life itself, not all things in sports can or should be valued based on winning or losing. When it comes to athletes who produce true works of art, bring unmatched talent and imagination to the game and reach extraordinary levels with their mastery, wins and losses matter even less. Lionel Messi is one such star.

When it comes to Messi, one can speak of artistry. Watching Messi play football is similar to appreciating a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, a work of art by Leonardo...

For Lionel Messi, retiring is a nonverbal apology

The FC crew discuss whether Lionel Messi's international retirement harms his chances of being called the greatest ever.

BUENOS AIRES -- It seems like a curse. There just aren't many footballing reasons to explain Argentina's latest failure in the Copa America Centenario final against Chile.

Argentina failed to reach the heights of previous Copa America performances, but what they did do should have been enough to win against an opponent who only contributed toughness and physical stamina to advance to penalties. Argentina neither won nor lost during 120 minutes. What's more, as in the 2014 and 2015 finals, they did...

Five Aside: Lionel Messi's Argentina career by the numbers

With Argentina's Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international game, we all can't quite help but ask, what if?
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.
Anthony Richardson recaps the Copa America Centenario final, including the most memorable moments from New Jersey.

Following Lionel Messi's apparent international retirement, ESPN Stats & Information looks at the star forward's Argentina career.

Messi is Argentina's all-time leading scorer with 55 goals, a record he broke vs. the United States in the Copa America semifinal, but he has not won a major title with his country. He has lost four major tournament finals, including three in the last three years. By comparison, Messi has won 28 titles with Barcelona.

Messi's Argentina career

- 55 international goals,...

 By Tim Vickery

Messi's retirement among biggest takeaways from Copa Centenario

Argentina World Cup winner Mario Kempes joins SportsCenter to discuss Lionel Messi's decision to retire from international football.

Might Lionel Messi have been shaping up to retire from international football even if Argentina had won the Copa Centenario? It is a possibility. The criticisms of the Argentine FA that he said he would outline after the tournament, and the way he said he had been thinking about his decision, could add up to a plan of jumping ship whatever happened at MetLife Stadium.

If this is the case, then Argentina's penalty shootout defeat to Chile -- and Messi's missed kick -- probably make a rethink more...

 By Arch Bell

Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez lead way in Copa America Best XI

ESPN's Kevin Negandhi reports on the news of Lionel Messi's announcement of his retirement from international football.

The Copa America Centenario is done and dusted, with Chile claiming their second major trophy in as many years, a 4-2 victory on penalties over Argentina. There were a number of stalwart performances from players throughout the tournament, yet only a select number made the ESPN FC Copa America Best XI.

GK David Ospina, Colombia -- Arguably the toughest decision of them all. Ospina had a very good tournament from start to finish for Colombia, including a massive save to deny Peru a late winner...

For Argentina, bad luck is a major factor in consecutive finals losses

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany believes Lionel Messi is not done with Argentina.
Messi Copa Trophy
The Copa America Centenario final loss against Chile marked another sad chapter in Argentine football history.

NEW JERSEY -- The story keeps repeating itself.

On Sunday, New Jersey's MetLife Stadium played host to a repeat of the 2015 Copa America final between Argentina and Chile that took place in Santiago's Estadio Nacional. Again, Argentina lost on penalties. The defeat marked their third straight final loss at a major competition in a two-year span, with the first coming at the 2014 World Cup.

Of course, there are footballing explanations for Argentina's latest defeat, many of which will be explored...