Lionel Messi after Argentina's Copa America final defeat to Chile
Messi retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost in the Copa America final against Chile - their fourth major final defeat in nine years.
"For me, the national team is over," Messi told the world after that game.
"I've done all I can. It hurts not to be a champion."
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic
Why Messi shockwave has reached East London
So just why would the ramifications of his shock announcement be felt as far away as East London and West Ham United?
Since the influential superstar's decision, speculation has been rife that other Argentina favourites such as Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Paris St Germain's Angel di Maria and Barcelona's Javier Mascherano could follow suit, as reported by the Sun.
That would leave the national team bereft of top players and in need of rebuilding with new, younger, hungry players.
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini celebrates
Lanzini waits in the wings
One such player who fits that bill perfectly is the Hammers' Manuel Lanzini.
Nicknamed the Jewel back in his native Argentina, Lanzini's success is perhaps only surprising given where he had been playing his football in recent years.
After starting his career at River Plate, where he was the latest diminutive Argentine to be labelled 'the new Lionel Messi', Lanzini had spent a couple of seasons playing in the footballing backwater that is the UAE Arabian Gulf League for Al Jazira.
West Ham's Manuel Lanzini has been a big hit in the Premier League
'Little Jewel' took to Premier League like a duck to water
West Ham boss Bilic was quite open and honest when he signed Lanzini and admitted that while he had been tracking him for two years while manager of Besiktas, he had taken something of a gamble on the 23-year-old.
Six goals and many more assists quickly prompted West Ham to turn his loan move into a permanent one for around £8million.
And the former Argentina Under 20 star was recently selected to represent his country at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil later this summer.
Lamela will hope Lanzini joins in for a new era in trying to replace Messi
Better than Spurs' Lamela, international recognition awaits
Many Premier League fans are perplexed Lanzini has not received international recognition before now, particularly with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur's inconsistent Erik Lamela an Argentine regular with 22 caps.
Lanzini scored more Premier League goals in his first season than Lamela has managed in three.
But now his time may well come with a good chance he could well be the new poster boy for the senior national side in the wake of Messi and co's withdrawals.