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Barcelona and Argentine talisman, Lionel Messi, announced his retirement from international football at the age of just 29 after Argentina’s Copa America final defeat by Chile in June last year.

The Barcelona star missed in the penalty shootout defeat to Chile as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years.

His shock retirement stunned the sporting world but he’s since returned to the international fold.

Messi has now revealed all on retirement after firing Argentina to next year’s World Cup – shockingly admitting he made the decision on a whim.

“[Retiring] was a decision I made in the heat of the moment,” Messi told DirectTV Sports.

“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.

“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.

“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.”

Author: Yemi Olarinre