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Monday, 27 June 2016 13:32

Timeline of Messi's Argentina career

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Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America. Let's take a look at some of the memorable moments of his illustrious international career.

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1. Messi makes international debut

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On August 17, 2005 an 18-year-old Messi made his international debut for Argentina in a friendly against Hungary. He went into as a substitute in the 63rd minute but was sent off in less than a minute for elbowing a defender who had pulled his shirt.

2. Messi scores first international goal

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On March 1, 2006 he scored his first international goal, against Croatia

3. Messi wins Olympic gold

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Messi guided Argentina to the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

4. Messi - A mess in 2010 World Cup

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Was part of the Argentina team coached by Diego Maradona that exited the 2010 World Cup after losing 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals. Messi failed to score and struggled to find his best form at the tournament in South Africa.

5. Messi - The hat-trick man

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In early 2013, Messi scored his first Argentina hat-trick in a 3-1 friendly win away to Switzerland and bagged another three in the 4-3 win over Brazil in June.

6. Messi surpasses Maradona

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Also in 2013, Messi scored a hat-trick against Guatemala to overtake Diego Maradona's international goals tally.

7. Messi disappoints in 2014 World Cup too

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At the 2014 World Cup, Messi was unable to give his fans the fitting finale as Argentina were beaten by Germany in the final.

8. Messi scores a hat-trick in 19 minutes

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Messi wowed during Argentina's run to the 2016 Copa America final, scoring a 19-minute hat-trick off the bench against Panama.

9. Heartbreaking

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However, the end was heart-breaking. In the final, Messi missed a penalty in the shootout and Argentina were beaten by Chile for the second year in a row. After the loss, Messi said he was quitting international football.

 

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