Lionel Messi announced his retirement from national duties as Argentina were subjected to yet another final heart-break after penalty shoot-outs did them once more against Chile. Alexis Sanchez won player of the tournament for the defending champions while Eduardo Vargas took home the golden boot.
The two greatest footballers of Argentina, Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have expressed strong opinions before the crucial Copa America Final against Chile.
The Albiceleste make it three major tournament finals in three years as Barcelona's Lionel Messi inspired a star-studded line-up to a 4-0 thrashing of hosts USA. The four-time Ballon D'Or winner scored a 32nd minute free-kick to break Gabriel Batistuta's all-time goal scoring record for Argentina.
In the Group D fixtures for the day, Argentina, bolstered by a second half hattrick from Lionel Messi, sealed their progress into the knockout rounds with an authoritative win over Panama. Meanwhile, Chile required a controversial last minute penalty to overcome Bolivia.
Lionel Messi suffered an injury during Argentina's international friendly victory over Honduras to leave Tata Martino's side sweating over the fitness of their Barcelona starlet with only a week left before they kick-start proceedings in the Copa America in a clash against Chile.