Lionel Messi is all set to do a U-turn on his decision to retire from international football, if reports from the Argentine media are to be believed.
Messi had announced after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat to Chile last month that he will be retiring from international football. Here is his full quote, translated from Spanish.
Messi’s quote in the mixed zone, translated by two colleagues: pic.twitter.com/VvE7fuFSuQ
— Brian Straus (@BrianStraus) June 27, 2016
This was Argentina’s third loss in a major international tournament final, after the Albiceleste conceded the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 Copa America titles to Germany and Chile respectively. Messi’s announcement caused such a stir among the Argentina supporters that hundreds of fans came out onto the streets of Buenos Aires to show their support for the Barcelona star.
Hundreds of Argentina fans took to the streets of Buenos Aires over the weekend to protest Leo Messi’s retirement 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/fiOeev7xBC
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 4, 2016
However, a recent report by Argentine news outlet La Nacional claims that the Barcelona star is all set to do a complete U-turn on his decision to retire from the national team. Twitter was abuzz after this news broke out, with many fans anticipating a massive comeback by the Argentine talisman. Here are some of the best tweets.
Messi has predictably changed his mind and will return to the national team after a break. Wants to win the World Cup in Russia now.
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) July 4, 2016
So glad to hear Messi’s comeback to international football………He’ll be back as ever……. #LEGEND#MESSICOMEBACK…….
— ismail jauhar (@Ismail_Cowboy) July 4, 2016
Messi isn’t going to retire and he’s going to comeback and win the World Cup
— Foreign Papi (@chris03201997) July 4, 2016
Greatest comeback story would be: Messi comes out of retirement and wins the 2018 World Cup with Argentina
— Keo (@Keo_Bryan) June 27, 2016
Don’t worry Messi, minor setback for a major comeback….
— Alex (@alex_barajas1) June 27, 2016
This is Afridi.
Afridi announces his retirement.
Afridi announces his comeback.
Afridi is awesome.
Be like Afridi.
— Ojas. (@Ojasism) June 27, 2016
Messi is a dead guy honestly. Should have waited till 2018 to make a comeback. Step in win Argentina the World Cup and step out.
— Lavish (@obinna_njoku) July 3, 2016
But statistics will stay constantly with you
Focus on stats
— Category5Moron (@Category5Moron) June 28, 2016