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FC Barcelona News: 27 June 2016; Lionel Messi Announces International Retirement after Loss to Chile

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Messi announces Argentina retirement | Football Espana
Barcelona star Lionel Messi has announced his retirement from international football after Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final on Monday. Messi missed a spot-kick as Argentina lost their third straight final, a 0-0 draw in 120 minutes followed by a 4-2 defeat on penalties, prompting the forward to admit he could do no more in trying to win a major trophy with his country.

Lionel Messi urged not to quit Argentina side by Barcelona teammate Claudio Bravo | Squawka
"For me Messi is the best player in the world," Bravo told post-match reporters. "We know too well the quality of person he is. I’ll take the best player in the world. "I hope he continues playing for Argentina many years." If he does call it time Messi, 29, will hang up his boots as his country’s all-time leading goal scorer.

Claudio Bravo, hero of the Copa América final | FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona goalkeeper and captain of the Chile national team, Claudio Bravo came up roses on Sunday night in the final of the 2016 Copa América, beating his Club teammate Lionel Messi and Argentina in a dramatic penalty shootout after the two teams went scoreless during two hours bitter and intense football.The championship is Chile's second Copa América title ever, coming in back-to-back fashion.

Thomas Vermaelen and Belgium through to Euro 2016 quarter-finals | FC Barcelona
The FC Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen started and played all 90 minutes of Belgium's 4–0 rout of Hungary on Sunday night in Toulouse, France.It was a resounding victory for Belgium, who have thus secured a spot in the quarter-finals. They'll face Wales, who beat Northern Ireland, 1–0, on Saturday in Paris.

Zero chance of Neymar joining Real Madrid, claims Barcelona star's father -
Neymar’s father insists there is no chance of his son joining Real Madrid. The Brazil international has been linked with a move away from Barcelona this summer, although Goal understands that the Spanish champions have offered the forward a new deal that will run until 2022.

Dani Alves set for Juventus medical ahead of move from Barcelona | Sky Sports
The 33-year-old defender, who won 23 trophies over eight seasons with Barcelona, had one year left on his contract but the La Liga club have allowed him to leave on a free transfer. Look at who just landed in Turin. Welcome Dani Alves," Juve posted above a photo of the player on Twitter.

Laporta blocks Barcelona efforts to close Neymar case -
Blaugrana president Josep Maria Bartomeu had accepted a bargain with Spanish tax authorities to resolve charges over alleged irregularities in the deal with Santos, conducted by predecessor Sandro Rosell in 2013. But Laporta, a fierce critic of Rosell after handing over power at the Catalan giants, filed his own writ in the courts to stop the agreement going through.

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