Lionel Messi has announced his return to Argentina's national team for their World Cup qualifiers in September, ending his two month long retirement from international football.
ESPN FC has translated portions of his official statement:
“I see that there are a lot of problems in Argentina football and I don’t want to create more,” Messi, who was included in the Albiceleste’s 18-man squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela, said in a statement on Friday. “I don’t want to cause harm, on the contrary, my goal was to help in any way I could.”
“There are many things that need to be fixed in Argentine football. But I prefer to help from inside rather than stand on the outside and criticise,” the statement continued.
“A lot of things ran through my head on the day of the [Copa America] final. And I seriously considered leaving the team. But I love my shirt and my country too much “
I want to thank all the fans who wanted me to keep playing for Argentina. I hope we can give them joy very soon.”
The Argentinean striker had quit after Argentina's Copa America final defeat by Chile in June.