Messi To Return To International Football After Phone Chat With Country President
As the shockwaves of Lionel Messi’s retirement from international football continue to reverberate, Argentina president Mauricio Macri has assured that the superstar will wear the national colours again.
Following Albiceleste’s heartbreaking defeat to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario – their third in as many major finals – Messi, who missed a crucial penalty in the shootout, announced that he would quit playing for the national side.
This prompted an outpouring of emotions and support for the 29-year-old, with fans across the world, including Argentine legend Diego Maradona, pleading with the Barcelona talisman to reverse his decision.
But President Macri has said that the five-time ballon d’Or winner will don his country’s colours again after a telephone conversation, Goal reports.
Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri is confident that Lionel Messi will play for the national team again.
In the aftermath of Argentina’s defeat to Chile in the Copa America final, Messi, who missed a penalty in the shootout, announced that he would quit playing for the national side.
Fans and former players, including Diego Maradona, have pleaded with the Barcelona forward to reverse his decision, and Macri believes that the 29-year-old will represent the country again following a telephone conversation.
“I talked to him on the phone; I’m sure he will come back,” Macri told CNBC.
“He’s the best in the world.”
Argentina haven’t won an international trophy in 23 years, and are hoping Messi will lead them to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
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