Just six weeks after announcing his retirement from international football, Lionel Messi has done a great big U-turn and decided to return to action for Argentina.

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The Barcelona superstar quit the international game after Argentina’s defeat on penalties to Chile in the Copa America, with the attacker once again failing to win a trophy with La Albiceleste.

However, the 29-year-old has now changed his mind, with the Argentinian FA releasing a statement on Friday. In that statement, Messi explained:

I said that there are many problems in Argentine football and I do not intend to create one more. I do not want to cause any damage. I always try and do the opposite and to help in any way I can.

There is a lot to fix in our Argentine football but I prefer to do it from within rather than criticising from the outside.
‘There were many things in my head on the day of the final and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love my country and this shirt too much.

I thank all those people who want me to continue playing with Argentina. Hopefully we can give some joy soon.

Only recently, new Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza hinted at a return to the fold for Messi, but the news that his star-man is available for selection will give the country a huge boost as they eye World Cup 2018 glory.

What a drama queen!

(Photo: Daily Mail)