FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has insisted he did not mean to fool anyone with his decision to retire from international football two months ago.
The Argentine stunned the football world with his decision to quit international football after his team lost to Chile in the Copa America Centenario final in June.
The defeat was Messi's third final loss with Argentina in three years, and the 29-year-old has revealed that his decision to retire felt right at the time.
"I am very grateful (to return to the national team)," Messi told TV Publica.
"But I did not deceive anybody when I retired, I felt that.
"We were very disappointed with what had happened, but after that I thought better.
"I had a conversation with the Paton (Bauza) and the people as well accompanied me through it."
Messi is a doubt for Argentina's next qualifier, against Venezuela on Wednesday, due to injury.
"I don't know if I will play against Venezuela," he added.
"I have a lot of pain in my groin but I wanted to be here after the disturbance I caused."
The Argentine scored the goal that helped his national team to a 1-0 win over Uruguay in their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier on Friday morning.
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