Could Barcelona's Lionel Messi Do A U-turn on Argentina Retirement?

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Lionel Messi at MetLife Stadium, New Jersey, June 26. Messi could peform a u-turn on his decision to retire from international football. Mike Stobe/Getty

Lionel Messi may be a prolific winner at club level but in the blue and white of Argentina he has always fallen just short.

The Barcelona star’s trophy cabinet includes eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues, but his gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games is his only honor on the international stage.

Saturday’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final was Messi’s fourth loss in a major final with Argentina. The peculiar feeling of defeat was too much to take.

Having missed in the penalty shootout, Messi immediately announced his retirement from international football. He had been unable to emulate the great Diego Maradona.

But could the 29-year-old be about to make a u-turn on the decision just a few days later?

Luis Suarez, his Barcelona team-mate, certainly thinks so, believing the decision was impulsive due to the pain of defeat.

“Knowing Leo, I’m sure he said it in a moment of sadness and helplessness,” the Uruguayan told Radio Tenfield.

“It would be a shame for football if he takes this decision, but I’m sure he will reconsider and change his mind.”

Messi’s 11 years in international football included two Copa America final defeats as well as being beaten 1-0 by Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

“It’s been four finals, I tried,” Messi said. “It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn’t get it, so I think it’s over.”

But the five-time Ballon d’Or winner may think again.

He will still be just 31 when the World Cup in Russia comes round in two years, and the prospect of going all the way this time could be too tempting.