Lionel Messi announced on Friday, that he was going back on his decision to retire from international football and would play for the Argentina national football team again, according to Reuters

"I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great," said Messi, according to local media who quoted his management team. "There are lots of problems in Argentine football and I do not want to create another."

The statement continued, "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."

Earlier in the week, Argentina's new coach Edgardo Bauza had expressed confidence that Messi would make a return to international football. The Barcelona star had announced his retirement following Argentina's heart-breaking loss to Chile in the final of the 2016 Copa America Centenario in June.