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Argentina crashes out of World Cup

Messi saw his Argentina team eliminated from the World Cup (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Lionel Messi is likely to walk away from international football after Argentina crashed out of the World Cup at the last-16 stage.

Argentina, finalists in 2014, went down 4-3 in Kazan, ending their hopes of becoming world champions for the first time since 1986.

It is, in turn, likely to be the end of Messi’s career on the world stage – one which will end without a major championship to his name.

As well as losing the World Cup final four years ago, Messi has tasted defeat in the final of the Copa America on three occasions.

He previously announced his retirement from international football in 2016, only to reverse his decision ahead of qualifying for this year’s World Cup.

 

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