The 28-year old made the announcement on Sunday following a traumatic penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
Messi left the field in uncontrollable tears after missing a spot-kick in the shootout which made it his fourth straight defeat in a major final with Argentina.
“I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion.
Also Manchester city forward, Sergio Aguero said, “We were all devastated in the dressing room, particularly Leo, I’d never seen him in such a state.”
“It’s likely that Messi won’t be the only one to go into international retirement, several players are wondering whether to continue. It’s our toughest defeat to take.”
Hashtags such as “NotevayasLeo,” Don’t go Leo,” “Messiquedate,” and “Messi stay,” went viral quickly.
Messi’s dramatic announcement followed Argentina’s third loss in a major final in three years