Lionel Messi: My international return was embarrassing

Nov 14, 2017, 09:17 IST | IANS

Argentina star Lionel Messi said he was embarrassed to make a comeback to international football after announcing his retirement during the 2014 World Cup

Argentina star Lionel Messi said he was embarrassed to make a comeback to international football after announcing his retirement during the 2014 World Cup. “(Retiring) was a decision I made in the heat of the moment,” the five-time Ballon D'Or holder was quoted as saying by Spanish website Marca. “But I was embarrassed to say that I wanted to come back. (The coach at the time, Edgardo) Bauza and my teammates made everything easy for me to return to,” Messi added.

Argentina's Lionel Messi
Argentina's Lionel Messi

Messi, 30, said that at his age he sees things in a different manner and is far more relaxed than earlier. “At 30 years old, I now enjoy it in a different way and much more than I did before, I take advantage of every moment, both on and off the pitch,” the star forward said. “I am experiencing this period with the national team in a different way, I am more relaxed. When they criticise me, I experience it differently,” Messi added.

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