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Lionel Messi admits he felt 'embarrassed' about coming out of international retirement for Argentina

Argentina star Lionel Messi said he was embarrassed to make a comeback to international football after announcing his retirement during the 2014 World Cup.

 Lionel Messi admits he felt embarrassed about coming out of international retirement for Argentina

File image of Lionel Messi. AP

"(Retiring) was a decision I made in the heat of the moment," the five-time Ballon d'Or holder was quoted as saying by Spanish website Marca on Sunday.

"But I was embarrassed to say that I wanted to come back. (The coach at the time, Edgardo) Bauza and my team-mates made everything easy for me to return to," Messi added.

The 30-year-old said that at his age he sees things in a different manner and is far more relaxed than earlier.

"At 30 years old, I now 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," the star forward 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," Messi added.

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Updated Date: Nov 13, 2017 19:58:15 IST