Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.
A crestfallen Messi confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.
As soon as Messi announced his retirement, he started trending on social media, however to our surprise, so did former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi.
Here’s why a Pakistani cricketer was trending on Twitter?
Reporter: “Will you reconsider your decision?”
— Manoj Harishchandre (@SirJad1) June 27, 2016
— SULTAN BHAIJAN (@javidunia) June 27, 2016
— Dhruv Girdhar (@sarcasticghochu) June 27, 2016
#Messi please retire like Shahid Afridi….for the namesake
— Manek (@BeingManek) June 27, 2016
Good decision, Messi bhai. I will also retire when I turn 29. ~ Shahid Afridi
— Tweet Man (@Thebiswajitdas) June 27, 2016
Please Messi! do a Shahid Afridi !
— Abdul Afaan (@Afaan_01) June 27, 2016
When Shahid Afridi retired 1st time #Messi made his debut..:-D
— Anish Verma (@anish_verma4) June 27, 2016
Today is Shahid Afridi ‘s 17th birthday. He will announce his retirement from International Cricket in all formats.
— IndianFox (@riksec08) June 27, 2016
The Only Comeback Chance Of #Messi is to Send A Friend Request To Shahid Afridi
— An MSD Fan ©® (@FailuresWay) June 27, 2016
Oh, okay. Looks like Shahid Afridi has announced retirement from international football.
— Anuradha (@anuradha_kush) June 27, 2016