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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Argentina players must support Lionel Messi - Edgardo Bauza

The Argentinian FA have confirmed that star forward Lionel Messi has come out of international retirement.

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza called upon the rest of the team to help reduce "Messi-dependence."

Argentina will welcome back star forward Lionel Messi next month for two Olympic qualifying matches after the Barcelona star's brief international retirement following a loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario earlier this summer.

Argentina's all-time leading scorer, with 55 goals in 113 appearances, quit in frustration after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile -- his...

Diego Simeone wants changes to help club bosses also take national jobs

ESPN FC's Craig Burley takes issue with Lionel Messi's sudden return to the national team.
The Argentinian FA have confirmed that star forward Lionel Messi has come out of international retirement.

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone says he would like to see changes made so that top club managers can simultaneously take charge of international sides.

Temporary Argentine FA (AFA) chief Fernando Marin said earlier this summer had suggested earlier this summer that Simeone could lead the national side while remaining in charge of Atletico. 

Simeone has previously said he views coaching Argentina as a "life objective" but was unable to take the position due to the impracticality of balancing...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi 'very committed' to Argentina - Bauza

The Argentinian FA have confirmed that star forward Lionel Messi has come out of international retirement.
Luis Enrique says Messi's U-turn on international retirement is good for the game as a whole.

Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza says that Lionel Messi made his commitment to his national team clear during the recent conversation which led the Barcelona star to end his short-lived international retirement.

Messi, 29, retired from Argentina duty after missing a penalty in the shootout defeat to Chile in this summer's Copa America Centenario decider -- his nation's third major final loss in three years.

Senior coach Gerardo Martino also stepped down after that failure which was followed by...