Lionel Messi to come out of international retirement and play for Argentina in September

by Harsh Vardhan Posted on
Messi set for shock u-turn on international retirement
Messi retired after defeat to Chile at this summer’s Copa America (Picture: Getty)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi looks set to come out of international retirement under new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, according to reports.

The 29-year-old called time on his international career in the immediate aftermath of Argentina’s defeat in to Chile in the final of this year’s Copa America.

But after Bauza travelled to Barcelona in an attempt to persuade Messi to return to international football, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is set to be named in Argentina’s squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, Sport reports.

Messi set for shock u-turn on international retirement
Edgardo Bauza took over from Gerardo Martino after the Copa America (Picture: Getty)

On the back of his trip to Spain to speak with Messi, the Argentina coach was upbeat about the chances of seeing Messi playing for his national side once more.

Bauza said: ‘I see him with a lot of enthusiasm, but I don’t want to go further.

‘This Friday I will talk with him by telephone to finish confirming the list. I have no doubt that Messi has the desire to return, but we will wait and see.’

Messi set for shock u-turn on international retirement
Messi retired in the aftermath of their Copa America defeat to Chile (Picture: Getty)

Argentina face Uruguay and Venezuela in September as they get their campaign underway to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia

 Messi: ” I want thank all people who wanted me to continue playing with Arg. Hopefully we’ll give you some joy soon”

Messi has won 113 caps for Argetina, scoring 55 goals.

 

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