After a lot of speculations, football star Lionel Messi is finally back in international football. Messi has announced his return to Argentina’s national team for their World Cup qualifiers in September, ending his two months retirement period from international football.
Messi, 29, retired from the game after missing a penalty in the shootout against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final. It was a third consecutive loss for Argentina in a major final in two years.
And as always Twitter did not take long to react to the news, making a curious parallel between the Barca superstar and Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi, who has retired in the past only to make a comeback on a couple of occasions.
Here are some of the tweets :
Messi does a Shahid Afridi.
Who would have thought
— Dr.Buttercup (@Stuprous_doctor) August 12, 2016
Leo Messi did a Shahid Afridi by reversing his retirement decision. pic.twitter.com/rVQvFVLFET
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) August 13, 2016
Messi to return to Argentina squad, say reports. Becomes d only player to be in d league of Cristiano Ronaldo n Shahid Afridi at d same time
— Parth MN (@parthpunter) August 12, 2016
BREAKING:Messi Performs U-turn, He Won't Retire From International Football. Shahid Afridi & Kejriwal To File Copyright Case Against Him.
— Hasna Zaroori Hai (@HasnaZarooriHai) August 13, 2016
Messi followed Afridi step and took his retirement back great sir RIP all C…s who trolled Afridi now plz bark on Messi as well
— Mohammad Usman (@usmansatti93) August 12, 2016
— Arjun (@zoomphatak) August 12, 2016
Shahid Afridi to file a case of copyright infringement against Lionel Messi. https://t.co/YXZVIizI6r
— Optimist (@DesiOptimystic) August 12, 2016
— PS Arun Kumaar (@akstwits) August 13, 2016
— Kashif Ali (@IMKashifAli) August 13, 2016
— Kaushal Singh (@kaushal_singh77) August 13, 2016
— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) August 12, 2016