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Lionel Messi Says He Did Not “Deceive” Anyone, Despite His Comeback To The National Side

Lionel Messi has hit back at hints that he fooled the fans when he declared his retirement from international football in June after the Copa America 2016 final by affirming he “did not deceive anybody” regardless of making a return to the Argentina national team. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner announced his unexpected retirement from international football when Argentina lost to Chile in the final of the Copa America 2016, the third time in three years that Argentina lost a major final.

 

The Argentine captain bid farewell to his national career in order to focus on his club career with Barcelona, but the arrival of Edgardo Bauza gave Messi a chance to return to the national team. His speedy return back to the Argentine team turned out to be a victorious one as the Barcelona forward scored the only goal in their 1-0 triumph over Uruguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, with the 29 year-old finding the back of the net minutes before half-time.

 

Talking after the match, Lionel Messi thanked new Argentine manager, Edgardo Bauza for hovering to Barcelona to speak to Messi and trying to convince him to continue his international career, and persisted that he did not deliberately fool anyone regardless of his temporary retirement.

 

“’I am very grateful,” the 29 year old spoke to Argentine TV, “But I did not deceive anybody when I retired, I felt that.

 

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“We were very disappointed with what had happened, but after that I thought better.”

 

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“I had a conversation with the Paton [Bauza] and the people as well accompanied me through it.”

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Lionel Messi has hit back at hints that he fooled the fans when he declared his retirement from international football in June after the Copa America 2016 final by affirming he “did not deceive anybody” regardless of making a return to the Argentina national team. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner announced his unexpected retirement from international football when Argentina lost to Chile in the final of the Copa America 2016, the third time in three years that Argentina lost a major final.

 

The Argentine captain bid farewell to his national career in order to focus on his club career with Barcelona, but the arrival of Edgardo Bauza gave Messi a chance to return to the national team. His speedy return back to the Argentine team turned out to be a victorious one as the Barcelona forward scored the only goal in their 1-0 triumph over Uruguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, with the 29 year-old finding the back of the net minutes before half-time.

 

Talking after the match, Lionel Messi thanked new Argentine manager, Edgardo Bauza for hovering to Barcelona to speak to Messi and trying to convince him to continue his international career, and persisted that he did not deliberately fool anyone regardless of his temporary retirement.

 

“’I am very grateful,” the 29 year old spoke to Argentine TV, “But I did not deceive anybody when I retired, I felt that.

 

“We were very disappointed with what had happened, but after that I thought better.”

 

“I had a conversation with the Paton [Bauza] and the people as well accompanied me through it.”

Lionel Messi has hit back at hints that he fooled the fans when he declared his retirement from international football in June after the Copa America 2016 final by affirming he “did not deceive anybody” regardless of making a return to the Argentina national team. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner announced his unexpected retirement from international football when Argentina lost to Chile in the final of the Copa America 2016, the third time in three years that Argentina lost a major final.

 

The Argentine captain bid farewell to his national career in order to focus on his club career with Barcelona, but the arrival of Edgardo Bauza gave Messi a chance to return to the national team. His speedy return back to the Argentine team turned out to be a victorious one as the Barcelona forward scored the only goal in their 1-0 triumph over Uruguay in a 2018 World Cup qualifier, with the 29 year-old finding the back of the net minutes before half-time.

 

Talking after the match, Lionel Messi thanked new Argentine manager, Edgardo Bauza for hovering to Barcelona to speak to Messi and trying to convince him to continue his international career, and persisted that he did not deliberately fool anyone regardless of his temporary retirement.

 

“’I am very grateful,” the 29 year old spoke to Argentine TV, “But I did not deceive anybody when I retired, I felt that.

 

“We were very disappointed with what had happened, but after that I thought better.”

 

“I had a conversation with the Paton [Bauza] and the people as well accompanied me through it.”

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