Lionel Messi, who has had a torrid time in the last few weeks, is likely to make international return later this year. The star footballer is also considering leaving Spain after being found guilty in a tax fraud case.
Argentina superstar Lionel Messi is likely to return to international football in November 2016, according to reports in Argentine daily La Nacion.
Messi shocked the world by calling it quits from international football after his team failed to pass the final hurdle in Copa America 2016 against Chile. Following a missed penalty chance in the title clash, Messi announced ‘for me the national team is over’.
However, Messi’s Argentina teammate, who has chosen to be unnamed, revealed the 29-year-old star is eyeing the 2018 World Cup and would return for the World Cup qualifier game against Brazil on November 10.
“He is going to return, and he has Russia 2018 as an obsession,” Messi’s teammate was quoted as saying.
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Also, Messi is set to make another massive career move in the coming weeks. After his father Jorge and himself were sentenced to 21 months in prisonfor defrauding the Spanish tax officeof 4.1 million euros, Messi is likely to leave Spain and pursue his career elsewhere.
Premier League giants Chelsea are looking to make use of the situation and grab the star striker for a record price, according to reports. Jorge had met with Blues’ owner Roman Abramovich in the last ten days to discuss a possible deal. Chelsea have promised to pay Messi a whopping 800,000 Euros-a-week to secure his services.
Speculations are rife Messi was upset with Barcelona for not supporting him enough during the tax fraud case.
La Liga president Javier Tebas, who defended Messi’s innocence, has not ruled out Messi’s exit from Spain. “Of course I fear that (Messi) could leave, but the only thing I can tell him is that from La Liga we believe he isn’t guilty,:” he said.