Release the confetti, queue up Pharrell’s Happy and get ready to joyfully kick around balloons. Lionel Messi reportedly told coach Edgardo Bauza that he would like to continue playing for Argentina’s National Football Team despite his announced resignation after the crushing loss in the Copa America Final. We knew you couldn’t part with us yet but why did you have to make us beg, Messi? We made hashtags for you. Oh well, you’re back and that’s what we wanted so we love and forgive you.
The decision was allegedly expressed over the phone today after an anticipated conversation in person between Messi and Bauza, yesterday, which focused on the sport and la albiceleste in broad terms. It will all be made official in the coming hours when the 2018 World Cup roster is released.
There’s more reason to believe that la Pulga will again don the number 10 jersey and help take on Uruguay and Venezuela in the upcoming games in September. Lionel Messi’s father posted an instagram photo of said jersey standing alone being bathed in a spotlight with the intriguing caption, “Qué linda que es!!” Linda indeed, that would be made even more so if hanging on Messi himself.
You’ll recall that this all started when Messi shattered Argentine hearts by resigning from la Selección after losing to Chile in the Copa America final for the second year in a row. The country rationally reacted with statues and letters and marches but couldn’t seem to convince la pulga to stay. Until now.
Time to take a giant sigh of relief.