Messi Regrets Retirement Decision

Barcelona and Argentina superstar Lionel Messi confessed he was embarrassed about having to go back on his decision to retire from international football.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner announced he would make himself unavailable to the national team after their penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final in 2016.

However, head coach Edgardo Bauza later convinced the forward to return to the fold despite some initial concerns.

“It was a decision I made in the heat of the moment, but I was embarrassed to say I wanted to come back,” Messi told DIRECTV Sports.

“El Paton [Bauza] and my team-mates made everything easier for me to return.”

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