As Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from National team, a look at his complete career with nation team would give a glimpse of his time. Leo has faced a lot of heartbreaks and his time hasn’t been easy. But there are still some moments that could be used to have a moment of joy by remembering it. We have made a compilation of 14 best moments of Messi Argentina career.
Lionel Messi was a key player of Argentina’s youth team. The team won the World cup in 2005 and Messi won the golden boot by scoring 6 goals. Have a look at all of his goals.
Lionel Messi made his senior team debut against Hungary in 2005. He was sent off after 2 minutes of his substitution. He resisted against a Hungary defender who pulled his shirt and he struck the player with his arm.
Lionel Messi scored his first goal against Croatia. The game was an international friendly in 2006.
In 2006 World Cup, Lionel Messi was the youngest goal scorer of the tournament and the youngest player for Argentina in World Cup. Messi gave 1 assist and scored a goal in the match against Serbia.
Lionel Messi gave quality performances in Copa America 2007. But his team was unable to win and lost to Brazil in the final. Messi was awarded the best young player of the competition.
Messi gave match winning performances in 2008 Summer Olympics and won the gold medal for his national team. Have a look at his overall performance:
Argentina seemed favorites for the World Cup in 2010 with Diego Maradona as their coach and Lionel Messi as their number 10. Germans knocked out Argentina in the quarter-finals with a scoreline 4-0. Messi and Maradona were left in tears.
Messi scored his first hat-trick for Argentina in 2012 when he scored 3 times against Switzerland.
One of the most memorable performances of Messi was when he scored a hat-trick against Brazil. Argentina won 4-3.
Argentina was a finalist in 2014 but lost due to a late goal by Mario Gotze for Germany. He was so near to his goal yet couldn’t achieve it and was left in tears.
Argentina once again advanced to Copa America final in 2015 but lost after Higuain missed a penalty in penalty shootouts. Messi was left once again crying as he couldn’t win a trophy for his country.
Leo scored his 55th goal for Argentina against Copa America fixture against the USA. He broke the record of Argentina’s all-time top scorer.
After losing the final of Copa America last year, Messi and co advanced to the final again in 2016. But were again lost on penalties. Argentine’s were again left with nothing but tears.
The final of 2016 Copa America was played against Chile and the game went to penalty shootouts. Messi himself missed a penalty this time and was so disappointed by losing 3 consecutive finals that he called his day and announced his retirement from the national team. This is how the King announced his retirement:
1. FIFA World Youth Championship (2005):
2. Senior Debut
3. First goal
4. World Cup (2006)
5. Copa America (2007)
6. Olympic gold medal (2008)
7. World Cup 2010
8. First Hat-trick
9. Performance against Brazil
10. World Cup (2014)
11. Copa America (2015)
12. All-time top scorer for Argentina
13. Copa America (2016)
14. Messi Retirement