Argentine star Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to reconsider his decision to retire from international football, at least as far as the nation’s media reports.
According to Argentinian newspaper Diario Ole, new Argentina boss Edgardo Bauza is set to name the Barcelona star in his first Albiceleste squad on August 15 and will meet him “in the coming week” to confirm he will play.
Messi retired from the international arena following Argentina’s penalty-shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final, their third final defeat in as many years.
In his first interview as the Argentina coach Bauza stated that among his priorities was to try and convince the Barcelona man to return.
Bauza said: “I am imagining a national team which includes Messi. We’re going to chat and see if he can continue with the commitment he has already shown to the national team.”
The coach stated that should Messi opt to return, he will still be the team’s skipper as was the case before his announcement after the Copa America final.
Messi is the leading scorer for the Argentina national team on 55 goals.