Lionel Messi announced his retirement from international football after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.
The heartbroken Barcelona superstar said after defeat by Chile at the Copa America, that, "It's not meant for me. For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion."
"It's a hard moment for me and the team, and it's difficult to say, but it's over with the Argentina team." the 29-year-old forward said.
Messi has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Barcelona. But his only major international honour is 2008 Olympic gold.
"It's been four finals, I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over," he added.
"I think this is best for everyone. First of all for me, and then for everyone. I think there's a lot of people who want this, who obviously are not satisfied, as we are not satisfied reaching a final and not winning it.”
"It's very hard, but the decision is taken. Now I will not try more and there will be no going back."
Argentina and Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero said he hoped Messi would "reflect" on his decision and reconsider, adding "I think he spoke while he was heated, because a beautiful opportunity escaped us. I can't imagine a national team without Messi."