Lionel Messi Leaves Argentina National Soccer Team: Fans React Sending Empowering Rock Lyrics

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Lionel Messi of Argentina looks on prior the championship match between Argentina and Chile at MetLife Stadium as part of Copa America Centenario US 2016 on June 26, 2016 in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. Omar Vega/LatinContent/Getty Images

It has been two bittersweet days since Lionel Messi made the sudden decision to leave Argentina's National Soccer Team. The shocking announcement came just moments after missing his first-ever penalty kick and Argentina's loss to Chile at the Copa América 2016 final match. 

The 29-year-old FC Barcelona star was caught on camera with a distraught face and tears in his eyes following the nerve-racking game before revealing that he will no longer play with his country's team. "My thinking right now and thinking about it in the locker room, I'm done playing with the national team," he told a group of reporters in the locker rooms, according to ESPN.

"I tried my hardest. It's been four finals, and I was not able to win. I tried everything possible," he continued. "It hurts me more than anyone, but it is evident that this is not for me. I want more than anyone to win a title with the national team, but unfortunately, it did not happen."

His teammates are also bummed. "We are hurting because of Messi -- there's no explanation to what happened to him. He tried it all to get the championship for us. For us, he's still the best player of the world," Sergio Agüero noted, adding that the team did everything they could in the last two Copa América finals, but this year's loss was the toughest to swallow.

Everyone from Ricardo Montaner to Diego Maradona have weighed in on the heartbreaking news, encouraging Messi to not throw in the towel and stay with his team. Die-hard fans even made #NoTeVayasLio (Don't Leave Lio) a worldwide trending topic on Twitter.

Fans, however, are not giving up until they get Messi to have a change of heart. In fact, they have a new approach of getting Messi's attention... via rock lyrics! With the hashtag #MessiConUnaFraseDeRockTeDigo (Messi, with a rock song I tell you), fans are sending encouraging and empowering rock jams to the soccer star. Check some out below!

"ADIOS" - GUSTAVO CERATI

"DON'T GO AWAY" - OASIS

"NOBODY SAID IT WAS EASY" - COLDPLAY

"TODO ES MENTIRA" - LA BERISO

"JUGANDO" - CALLEJEROS

"ME VIERON CRUZAR" - CALLE 13

"BOYS DON'T CRY" - THE CURE

"CARNAVAL TODA LA VIDA" - LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS

"CREO" - CALLEJEROS

"PERDON" - GUASONES

"LA RUTA DEL TENTEMPIE" - CHARLY GARCIA

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Jessica Lucia Roiz

Jessica L. Roiz is a Miami-based bilingual journalist of Nicaraguan descent. In addition to Latin Times, she's published in VOXXI, The Miami Herald, Huffington Post, La Opinion, El Nuevo Herald, The Latin Kitchen and more. With over 10-years experience in digital media, she's nothing but passionate and creative with her work. When she's not writing or editing videos, she can be found listening to rock en Español, dancing bachata, reading Paulo Coelho, missing Selena Quintanilla or relaxing in Nicaragua. She's also the founder of ALoNica con la Roiz and PulsoPOP