FC Barcelona star Lionel Messi has bemoaned how his Copa America final heartbreak is a football pain like no other in a message of gratitude to Argentina supporters.
Lionel Messi was left heartbroken after Argentina suffered an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
It was the second time in 12 months that the FC Barcelona star had finished on the losing side in a major final following Argentinaa s extra-time loss to Germany at the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
a This generation is desperate to win a title with the national team,a Messi had said before the final of Copa America against Chile.
a As a team, we deserve to win something and it would mean so much after the World Cup where we came so close.a
The FC Barcelona star has taken to his social media account to express his disappointment and thank the fans after Argentina’s 22-year wait for a major silverware was extended by Chile in the Copa America final.
The post says:
“There’s nothing more painful in football than losing a final.”
“But I don’t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.”
Messi has come under widespread criticism for Argentina’s failure despite scoring his own penalty as well as almost winning the game for Argentina with an incredible run in the dying minutes that was followed up by team mate Lavezzi setting up Gonzalo Higuain, only to miss the goal from a yard out.
There are unconfirmed reports in Spain that the FC Barcelona star refused the player of the tournament award.