Lionel Messi, the Argentinan captain who announced about two months ago that he will be retiring from international has confirmed in a statement his intention to return to the Argentina national team.
His decision to retire from international football came after Argentina lost the 2016 Copa America final match against Chile, with Messi missing a penalty. It was a heartbreaking announcement to the fans.
In July Aro Hustler reported that Messi would not be retiring retiring anytime soon. After meeting with new Albiceleste boss, Edgardo Bauza, Messi has confirmed that he has now made the decision to represent his country once again.
On Friday Messi said in a statement, “I see there are lots of problems in Argentine football and I do not want to create another.”
“I do not want to cause any harm, I have always tried to do the opposite and help wherever I could.
“We have to fix a lot of things in Argentine football, but I’d rather do that from the inside and not criticising from the outside.”
The football legend made it clearly that it was his love of Argentina that had convinced him to come back for the next World Cup qualifiers after initially stepping down from the team.
“A lot of things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love this country and this shirt too much,” he said.
It should be recalled that Lionel Messi has been through a lot these recent months. Just about a week after he announced his leaving international football he and his father were served a 21 months jail term after found guilty of three counts of tax fraud.
Fans weren’t ready yet to have such a player with outstanding performance and full of youthfulness quit the world’s most engaging game. Lionel Messi has scored 453 times in 531 games, including a La Liga record of 312 goals. He has won the Ballon d’Or award for the world’s best player five times.