Leo Messi has confirmed that he will be returning to the Argentinian National team, effectively coming out of a short-lived retirement announced swiftly after Argentina’s loss in the Copa America Final in June.

Messi called it quits after appearing ‘fed up’ with the Argentinian National Team after they crashed out in penalties, the third major tournament loss in recent years.

The announcement sparked distress in the South American country. Argentinians filled the streets, the Primera Division suspended play and even the President of Argentina begged Messi not to retire.

And it appears that it all worked as Messi will now play a role in Argentina’s 2018 World Cup campaign as he has been named to play in upcoming qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.

“I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football and I don’t want to create more. I don’t want to cause harm, on the contrary, my goal was to help in any way I could,” Messi said in a press release through the Argentinian Football Association.

“A lot of things ran through my head on the day of the [Copa America] final. And I seriously considered leaving the team. But I love my shirt and my country too much,” he continued.

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