messiOn Sunday, Argentina and Barcelona icon Lionel Messi gave a big shock to football fans as he announced his retirement from international football following a heartbreaking loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at East Rutherford (New Jersey).

For a player used to winning everything in sight at the club level with FC Barcelona, Messi’s international career followed a depressingly familiar pattern of disappointment and underachievement.

Ahead of the start of this 2016 tournament, Diego Maradona had also accused Messi of lacking a personality.

Well! Whatever, the present is, in the past, this little magician has managed to conjure up some truly amazing moments for football fans, here are five of them:

1. 2006 World cup debut match

2. 2008 Beijing Olympics

3. 2014 World cup qualifier, Argentina vs Paraguay

4. 2016 Copa Amercia: Argentina vs Panama

5. 2016 Copa: Argentina vs US

(With IANS Inputs)