Lionel Messi returned to the Argentina national team last week in the 1-0 win over Uruguay in World Cup qualifying, and in the end he never missed a game after announcing his ‘retirement’ from the national team following the Copa America final loss this summer. He scored the winning goal in the match.
In Argentina for that Uruguay clash, he spoke with TV station Telefe and comedian Miguel Angel Rodriguez about his decision to retire and why he came back (translation below)
“It was what I felt at the moment,” Messi said. “At that moment, everything came crashing down on me. We felt that was [the opportunity to win a title], because of how the team was, how we got there, how we played. We all want to win, me more than anyone … It’s a dream we all have, to win something with the national team … We were so close, it was a big disappointment for everyone.
Messi said that defeat to Chile in penalty kicks in the 2016 Copa America final was the final straw, he thought. It was the third straight summer he had lost a cup final with his nation. But Messi had time to rethink everything and came to the decision to return and fight for a trophy with new manager Edgardo Bauza, feeling that it is only a matter of time before the wins something with the South American nation.
“When I started looking at things differently after time passed, looking at the group, the players Argentina has, at some moment it has to happen,” Messi said.
Argentina returns to action on Tuesday against Venezuela in qualifying. Messi will not play after flying back to Barcelona to recover from a groin injury.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Messi tells why he decided to ‘retire’ from Argentina and why he came back