When Lionel Messi missed a penalty in the final of the Copa America and promptly retired from International football, the world was shocked.
We wondered how long it would last, and the answer has been handed to us.
Not even until the start of the Premier League season, let alone the La Liga one.
He’s back, and will play for his country again.
His official statement read as follows:
I do not want to cause any harm, I have always tried to do the opposite and help wherever I could.Advertisement
We have to fix a lot of things in Argentine football, but I’d rather do that from the inside and not criticising from the outside.
A lot of things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought about quitting, but I love this country and this shirt too much.
And of course the internet had PLENTY to say.
Here’s the best of it:
Messi "My love for this country and shirt is too great" – so this retirement was just a massive hissy fit then?
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) August 12, 2016
Lionel Messi says he will continue playing for Argentina's national team, reversing June international retirement announcement
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 12, 2016
Let’s all do that…
In honor of Lionel Messi breaking his retirement, I'm retiring from my job until my weekend is over, at which time I'll come back to work
— James Tyler (@JamesTylerESPN) August 12, 2016Advertisement
But who will miss all the chances in the final now?
Lionel Messi is back for Argentina and Gonzalo Higuaín is left out. Scenes.
— Ben Hayward (@bghayward) August 12, 2016
It didn’t take long for Ronaldo to be mentioned…
— Pierre van Hooijdonk (@pierrevh17) August 12, 2016