Lionel Messi reverses June retirement announcement, says will continue playing for Argentina‘s national soccer team. A disappointed Lionel Messi had announced his international retirement after Chile defeated Argentina in the final of the Copa America Centenario in June. The Copa loss was the third consecutive loss for Argentina in a major football final.
In a statement on Friday, Lionel Messi explained that he wanted to continue representing his country as he preferred “to help from within”.
“I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football and I don’t want to create more,” a statement from Messi said on Friday night. “I don’t want to cause harm, on the contrary, my goal was to help in any way I could.”
The announcement led to an outcry in Argentina with fans from all over the world expressing their disappointment. Lionel Messi will be named in new coach Edgardo Bauza’s squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela in 2018 World Cup, South American qualifiers to be held in the first week of September. Bauza was in Barcelona on Thursday for a meeting with his team captain.