Lionel Messi has told of the pain of losing the Copa America final after the football superstar faced criticism in his native Argentina.
Messi finally posted a statement on his facebook account late Monday having hidden his devastation at losing another major final since the 4-1 penalty shootout defeat by Chile on Saturday.
“There`s nothing more painful in football than losing a final,” Messi said.
“But I don`t want to leave it any longer to say thank you to everyone who has always supported us and continued to during the tough moments.”
Messi, 28, has now lost one World Cup and two Copa America finals and still has to win a major international event despite his success with Barcelona.
Argentina, beaten 1-0 by Germany in last year`s World Cup final, have now not won a major title for 22 years.
Messi left the pitch ashen faced after the latest defeat and unconfirmed Spanish media reports said he turned down the player of the tournament trophy. The trophy was withdrawn before the presentation ceremony in Santiago.