Friday, 8 July 2016

Lionel Messi will make U-turn on Argentina retirement, says president Mauricio Macri

Lionel Messi will play for Argentina again, according to the country's president Mauricio Macri

Argentina president Mauricio Macri believes Lionel Messi's international career is far from over.
The Barcelona superstar stunned world football last month by announcing he would quit the national side after missing a penalty in their shoot-out defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.
It led to fans and former players, including Diego Maradona, uniting to urge the 29-year-old to change his mind.

And they have now been offered hope after Macri twice said Messi would be back in the team in time for the 2018 World Cup.
Speaking at a financial conference in Idaho on Thursday, the president said: 'I talked to him on the phone; I'm sure he will come back. He's the best in the world.'
Also this week, attending a forum in Berlin, Macri added: 'We hope that Messi will be in Russia so that we can gain that revenge in the final.'

Messi helped Argentina to the final of the 2014 World Cup, but they were beaten 1-0 in extra time by Germany.
It continued a story of woe in international competitions for Messi, with Argentina twice losing to Chile on penalties in Copa America finals in the last year.
In all, Messi has 55 goals in his 113 outings for the Argentine national team.

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