Bounce in:Lionel Messi atlast returns to international football team

Lionel Messi has reversed his decision to retire from international football, saying he loves Argentina “too much”.

The Barcelona playmaker announced his retirement from international football immediately after Argentina’s penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America final in June.

But after holding a recent meeting with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, the 29-year-old has now confirmed he will be available for selection again.

Messi, Argentina’s captain and all-time record goalscorer with 55 goals, said in a statement reproduced by Argentinian newspaper La Nacion: “I see there are many problems in Argentinian football and I don’t intend to create another one.

“I don’t want to cause any damage, I’ve always tried to do just the opposite, to help all that I can.

“We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside.”
“Many things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought of leaving, but I love this country and this shirt too much.

“I’m grateful to all the people who wanted me to continue playing with Argentina, hopefully we can give them something to cheer about soon.”

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