He’s back! How Twitter reacted to Lionel Messi’s Argentina return

  • Prerna Madan, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 10:55 IST
Argentina midfielder Lionel Messi (10) carries the ball during the second half of Argentina's match against Venezuela in Copa America quarterfinal at Gillette Stadium, in US. (Reuters Photo)

Football fans rejoiced on micro-blogging website Twitter after Barcelona star Lionel Messi announced on Friday that he was reversing his decision to retire from international football because his love for the “country and this shirt is too great”.

Fans’ pleas have finally been heard, months after Messi announced his retirement following Argentina’s second consecutive Copa America final loss to Chile in June this year. Messi has lost four major finals in the striped blue and white jersey, including the 2014 World Cup final to Germany in Brazil.

An emotional Messi, who had missed a penalty in the New Jersey final, had said after the crushing defeat in June: “I’ve done all I can, I’ve been in four finals and it hurts not to be a champion.”

Here’s how Tweeple reacted:

Most were just ecstatic...

Fortunately, it isn’t just Messi’s hair that changed this year. Now, everyone’s hoping there’s a hair colour reversal on the cards too:

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi looks at the ball during a training session at the Sports Centre in Sant Joan Despi, Spain. (AP Photo)

And of course, Cristiano Ronaldo vs Messi rivalry ignites again.

Gonzalo Higuain’s absence from the Argentina squad list didn’t go unnoticed either

For some though, history repeated itself as Messi’s comeback was compared with Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi’s, who did after all follow the same trajectory.

The five-time Fifa Ballon D’or winner was reportedly coaxed back from retirement by newly-appointed Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza who was spotted in Barcelona for a meeting with the team captain on Thursday.

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