A bronze statue of Argentine football star Lionel Messi has been unveiled in Buenos Aires just days after the player announced he was retiring from the national team, BBC reports.

 

Buenos Aires Mayor Horacio Larreta Rodriguez unveiled the statue on the shores of the River Plate.

 

Messi made the announcement following Argentina's defeat by Chile in the Copa America final.

 

Since then, there has been an outpouring of support for the player.

 

Argentines have been using social media to ask the 29-year-old to reconsider his decision under the hashtag #NoTeVayasLio (Don't go, Lio).

 

 

 

Photo: bbc.com

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