Messi: There's nothing more painful than losing a final
The Argentina captain has sent a message of thanks to supporters following their Copa America defeat to Chile
Lionel Messi has lamented how final heartbreak is a football pain like no other in a mesaage of gratitude to Argentina supporters.
Messi, who skippered his national side to extra-time defeat in the World Cup final against Germany last summer, suffered another crushing loss for the national side as Chile emerged victorious in the Copa America showpiece after a penalty shootout.
The Barcelona ace has since expressed his thanks to fans after another Argentina's 22-year wait for silverware was extended by the host nation in Santiago.
"There's nothing more painful in football than losing a final," he wrote on his official Facebook page.
"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."
Unconfirmed reports in Spain suggested Messi turned down the award for the Copa America's best player following Argentina's defeat.
The 28-year-old's family was also attacked in the stands during the final at the weekend, while sections of the Argentine press have been hugely critical of the Rosario-born star and his team-mates after their latest final loss.
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