"Leo is going to come back." Within the Argentine Football Association (AFA) they were confident that the distance between Lionel Messi and the national team was a matter of time. "His love for the team is stronger than any tantrum," they said from the Ezeiza Stadium. After the hard fall of Argentina in the World Cup in Russia, the 10 of Barcelona said enough to the Albiceleste. He never confirmed it publicly. Neither did he need it. In Argentina the situation of the Rosario was understood, indicated in each failure of the selection. "It is a decision of Leo, very personal", assured from the Barca captain's surroundings. And how was Messi chose the moment to say goodbye, he also found the context to return. On the last FIFA date before the Copa América 2019, Messi returns to the Argentine national team. A new reunion.
On June 30, 2018, in the defeat against France in the round of 16 of the World Cup (4-3), Messi played his last duel with Celeste and Blanca. They spent more than eight months and six matches of Argentina if their maximum standard. "Leo needed to take a break. It will be good for him to rest and focus only on Barça, "they assured from the Barça club. Messi, in addition, wanted to see how the new team evolved, always in the hands of Lionel Scaloni, first as interim, then confirmed in his post, after the president of the AFA, Claudio Chiqui Tapia, could not find a replacement for Jorge Sampaoli