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Messi in Argentina squad for World Cup qualifiers

Lionel Messi. Credit: PA

Lionel Messi has been named in Argentina's squad for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers after reversing his decision to retire from international football.

The Barcelona star announced on Friday he loves Argentina "too much" to walk away from the national team, having announced his Albiceleste career was over following their penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America final in June.

Following talks with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, Messi was included in the squad to face Uruguay and Venezuela next month.

Messi, Argentina's captain and all-time record goalscorer with 55 goals, said: "I see there are many problems in Argentinian football and I don't intend to create another one.

"I don't want to cause any damage, I've always tried to do just the opposite, to help all that I can.

"We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside."

Barcelona launch campaign to support Lionel Messi after tax fraud conviction

Barcelona have launched a campaign urging fans to "express their sympathy" in support of forward Lionel Messi after he appealed against a 21-month prison sentence for tax fraud imposed by a Catalan court.

Messi and his father, Jorge, were sentenced on Wednesday after a Barcelona court found them both guilty of three counts of defrauding the tax department to the tune of €4.1million.

Under Spanish law, sentences under two years are usually suspended but, nonetheless, Barca have called on supporters to voice their "unconditional support on social networks".

A statement on read: "FC Barcelona has set up a campaign in support of Leo Messi following the sentence issued this week against the Argentinian and his father.

"Using the hashtag #WeAreAllLeoMessi while posting a photo or message with both hands open, the campaign is encouraging all Barca fans to express their sympathy for the greatest footballer in the world by voicing their unconditional support on social networks.

"By making it clear that #WeAreAllMessi, we want Leo to know that he is not alone. All members, supporters clubs, fans, athletes, media and everyone else are invited to participate."


Lionel Messi to retire from international football

Lionel Messi Credit: Reuters

Argentina's Lionel Messi has said he is retiring from international football after losing the Copa America Final.

Chile beat Argentina 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0.

"It's tough, it's not the time for analysis," the 29-year-old Barcelona forward was quoted as saying on the Argentine national team's Twitter account.

"In the dressing room I thought that the national team was over, it's not for me."

Lionel Messi after missing a penalty kick against Chile in the Copa America Final at MetLife Stadium. Credit: Reuters


Messi on form as Barcelona score six

Lionel Messi is quite good. Credit: Reuters

Lionel Messi created three goals and scored another as Barcelona warmed up for their Champions League showdown with Arsenal by thrashing Getafe 6-0 at the Nou Camp to equal a club record 12 consecutive La Liga wins.

The Argentinian missed a fourth penalty of the season after Juan Rodriguez's own goal had given the Catalans the lead after just eight minutes, but soon made amends by laying on goals for Munir El Haddadi and Neymar before he got on the scoresheet himself with a brilliant strike from 20 yards.

Messi got his third assist by teeing up Neymar's second after the break and then Arda Turan scored for the second time in three matches with an impressive bicycle kick.

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