Madrid, November 14
Argentina star Lionel Messi said he was embarrassed to make a comeback to international football after announcing his retirement during the 2014 World Cup.
“(Retiring) was a decision I made in the heat of the moment,” the five-time Ballon D’Or winner was quoted as saying by Spanish website Marca. “But I was embarrassed to say that I wanted to come back. Edgardo Bauza (the coach at the time) and my teammates made it easy for me to return.”
The 30-year-old said that he sees things in a different manner and is far more relaxed than earlier. “At 30, I enjoy it in a different way and much more than I did before. I take advantage of every moment, both on and off the pitch,” he said. “I am experiencing this period with the national team in a different way. I am more relaxed. When they criticise me, I experience it differently.”