Lionel Messi shook the football world after announcing his retirement from international football following Argentina’s Copa America final loss to Chile last June.
The Barcelona forward, who missed in a heartbreaking penalty shootout, was devastated after his country tasted defeat in a major final for the fourth time in nine years.
Considering he is still only 29-years-old, few were totally convinced the crushing result would be Messi’s last match in an Argentina shirt.
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For a player who has achieved so much with Barcelona, Messi still looks as hungry as ever to add more titles to his name for club and country.
He looks set to overturn his shock exit from the international scene after being named in newly-appointed boss Edgardo Bauza’s squad for their World Cup qualifiers in September.
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Messi, who leads his country’s all-time goalscorers list with 55 in 113 caps, has declared he will pull on the blue and white again after weeks of speculation.
In a statement released on Friday, he wrote as per The Sun: “I love this country and this shirt too much.
“I see there are a lot of problems with Argentine football and I don’t want to create another one.
“I don’t want to cause any harm, I have always meant the contrary, which is to help in all I can.
“We have to fix a lot of things in our Argentine football, but I’d rather do it by being in rather than criticising from the outside.
“A lot went through my mind the day of the last final we lost and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love my country and this shirt too much.
“I’d like to thank all those people who want me to continue playing for Argentina, I hope we can give them all something to cheer about soon.”
Messi’s father, Jorge Horacio, also took to Instagram to post a picture of an Argentina shirt with his son’s name on the back accompanied by the caption “how beautiful it is.”
While the five-time Ballon d’Or is unquestionably the biggest news surrounding Bauza’s 27-man squad, Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain has failed to make the cut.
River Plate’s Lucas Alaric and Atletico Minder’s Lucas Pratto have been given the nod ahead of the £75 million signing.
Messi has just one major international honour in his trophy cabinet – an Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Argentina will take on Uruguay in Mendoza on September 6 before going to Merida five days later to play Venezuela.
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