Messi selected for Argentina


Argentina has selected star forward Lionel Messi for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay & Venezuela next month.

Newly appointed coach Edgardo Bauza successfully convinced Messi to come out of retirement, following his dispute with the Argentinian FA.

In an interview with La Nacion, Bauza explained how he managed to get the star to change his mind.
"I went (to speak to Messi) not to convince, I went to talk football," Bauza told La Nacion.

"We were almost two hours talking about football and, naturally, it came out that he would be on the (squad) list.

"I told him that, in Argentina, there are 100 idiots who speak and criticise, but I told him that people want much, and if you are still heeding 100 idiots who criticise, you would go crazy.

"Then came this statement, which I found very natural, and that tells you about his desire to be in the selection and win something with the national team.

"Having the best in the world does not guarantee you'll win the game, but you are guaranteed a great threat to the opponent. We need to better take advantage of Messi.

"I imagine him in two or three positions, something we already talked about with him, but let's see. It depends on the team.

"He has that pressure naturally by who he is. And he knows it. And we all know that when the ball goes through him, he can make something different happen. But we need help from the team."

Bauza has selected a highly attacking squad, featuring big names Sergio Aguero, Ángel Di María and Erik Lamela.

Argentina currently sit in third place behind Ecuador and Uruguay in the WCQ group stage.

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