Has Lionel Messi retired from international football and when did he retire before that?

ARGENTINA will be determined to make amends at the 2022 World Cup for what happened in Russia four years ago – and no one will be more desperate than Lionel Messi.

Despite the Argentine magician’s best efforts in a dramatic 4-3 defeat by France, he failed to find the net and repeated the run to the 2014 final.

Lionel Messi hasn't scored a World Cup knockout round goal for eight years now

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Lionel Messi hasn’t scored a World Cup knockout round goal for eight years nowPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

But Messi has what may be his last chance to finally secure the World Cup title in Qatar.

However, after losing to Saudi Arabia in their opening game, Argentina need to get a result against Mexico this week.

Has Lionel Messi retired from international football?

The simple answer is no, but Messi has taken a temporary ‘hiatus’ from the international stage.

In 2018, Argentina were eliminated by reigning champions France in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Messi had dragged Argentina to Russia in qualifying with a hat-trick against Ecuador – and struck in the win over Nigeria to reach the knockout rounds.

But the round of 16 was just too much for his national team, prompting him to take the break.

Messi could leave Argentina two years after his week-long retirement

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Messi could leave Argentina two years after his week-long retirementPhoto Credit: AP:Associated Press

When did he retire before that?

This wasn’t the first time Lionel Messi announced his departure from the international stage.

After the devastating penalty shoot-out loss to Chile at the 2016 Copa America, Messi announced that he no longer wanted to play for his country.

It was his fourth defeat in a grand final and the Barca superstar was distraught after missing a penalty.

But just a week after his decision, Messi was convinced to change his mind and he returned to the national team in September 2016.

An Argentinian fan pulls up Lionel Messi's shirt, which he showed off during the defeat against France

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An Argentinian fan pulls up Lionel Messi’s shirt, which he showed off during the defeat against FrancePhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

Lionel Messi was devastated after Argentina were knocked out of the World Cup by France

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