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Lionel Messi reversed his decision to retire from international duty back in August.

Argentina coach admits Lionel Messi surprised him with his knowledge of football

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For over a decade he has been bamboozling defenders, scoring a ridiculous number of goals and setting new records along the way.

Messi's performances, alone, prove how intelligent a player the Barcelona star is, and, as ever, the forward has been in fine form for his club so far this season.

But despite the endless success he has enjoyed with Barcelona over the years, it hasn't always been too easy for the Argentina international, who shockingly quit international football in June.

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The 29-year-old's decision to step down from national team duty was inflicted by three successive losses in major finals; including their World Cup final loss to Germany in 2014. While the Argentina star also missed a crucial penalty in this summer's Copa America final defeat to Chile.

However, within the space of two months, the Argentine had reversed his decision to retire - to the delight of an entire nation - and the man charged with tempting arguably the best footballer on the planet out of retirement has been full of praise for the forward.

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Edgardo Bauza took over as Argentine coach from Tata Martino during the summer and one of his first important duties was to tempt the country's star man to reverse his decision to retire.

But the 58-year-old was not only successful in his attempts to return Messi to the national team, but also learned a lot about one of the most talented men in football.

As reported by The Guardian, Bauza said: “I didn’t go to convince Messi, I was convinced that in the chat a possibility would arise. He received me with Javier Mascherano at the Ciutat Esportiva, and after the chat there was nothing more to say other than: ‘Boys, you’re called up for the next game.’

Bauza surprised by Messi

“What surprised me is how much he knows about football, because he knows everything, about his teammates, the technical team, about football. He’s aware of everything.

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“I always thought a player of his standing would have to be a player who knew a lot about football. But he surprised me even more than I thought. Leo knows everything about everything. Nothing escapes him. He has a very important understanding and this helps when one has to communicate their idea.”

Messi's performances, alone, prove how intelligent a player the Barcelona star is and, as ever, the forward has been in fine form for his club so far this season.

Forward in fine form

The Argentine has already netted eight times this campaign, including five goals in two games - with a hat-trick in the Champions League, against Celtic, followed up by a brace in a comfortable away win at Leganes.

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However, a question that will no doubt arise in a few years' time will be whether Messi can translate his incredible ability on the field to become a manager in the future.

And if Messi's knowledge of football is as great as Bauza makes out, the Argentine could well be parading the Camp Nou dugout in years to come.

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