9 pictures to make Lionel Messi fans cry as he announces his international retirement

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After years of underachieving and being underappreciated, Lionel Messi has had enough.

The Barcelona forward announced his retirement from international football after Argentina were beaten by Chile on penalties in the Copa America final.

It probably wasn't the news that Messi fans wanted or expected to wake up to.

So let's all join together and wallow in the sadness as we take in some of the most heartbreaking pictures of one of the world's greatest footballers from that defeat.

1. During extra time, Messi realised things might not be going his way when he missed a free-kick.

Lionel Messi reacts after missing a free-kick in the Copa America final
(Matt Slocum/AP)

2. But that was nothing compared to the moment Messi missed a spot-kick in the penalty shoot-out.

Lionel Messi reacts after missing a penalty
(Julie Jacobson/AP)

3. Leo, what have you done?

Lionel Messi reacts after missing his penalty
(Julio Cortez/AP)

4. And then when the defeat was confirmed, it was more than he could take.

Lionel Messi reacts after Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile
(Julio Cortez/AP)

5. Seriously, some of these are tough to look at.

Lionel Messi reacts after Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile
(Julio Cortez/AP)

6. Then he just had to sit and watch as Chile celebrated.

Lionel Messi reacts after Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile
(Matt Slocum/AP)

7. Messi did his best to maintain his dignity as he collected a runners-up medal he clearly didn't want.

Lionel Messi receives a runners-up medal after the Copa America final
(Matt Slocum/AP)

8. But he couldn't take it off quick enough.

Argentina's Lionel Messi removes his medal after the Copa America final
(Matt Slocum/AP)

9. And this is what the best player in the world looks like as he contemplates jacking it all in.

Lionel Messi reacts after Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile
(Julio Cortez/AP)

Farewell, sweet prince. International football won't be the same without you.

Unless...