Messi ends short hiatus
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Lionel Messi reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national team.
Messi said Friday that he is returning despite "a lot of problems" involving the country's federation, which is mired in financial chaos and under FIFA intervention.
"There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved in Argentine football, but I prefer to help from within and not criticize from the outside," Messi said. "I don't want to cause any harm, I've always tried to do the exact opposite and help out in whatever way possible."
Messi said he was done with the national team after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final in June, when the Barcelona playmaker missed a penalty kick in the decisive shootout.
"A lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great," Messi said in a statement released by his managers.
Messi, 29, is considered one of the all-time greats, but his lone trophy for Argentina came with the under-23 team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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