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Maradona questions legitimacy of Messi retirement

After he recently reversed his decision to quit Argentina’s national side, the 55-year-old has placed doubts on whether Lionel Messi’s retirement was genuine
Despite previously siding with Lionel Messi in regards to his international retirement, Diego Maradona has now controversially claimed that it could have been an act to help the public forget about Argentina’s on-field disappointment.
Having recently met with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, the Barcelona ace has been persuaded to swiftly reverse his retirement decision, something which Messi’s Argentinian predecessor views as strange.
“I do not know if Messi’s retirement was a set-up to help us forget about the fact that we lost three finals in a row,” said Maradona to Radio La Red. “The lad first said that he was going to give up and then took a step back and managed to change his mind in just a matter of weeks.”
These comments come shortly after the former Napoli man wrongly claimed that he thought that Messi would not return to the Argentina national side.
“I think that Messi will say no to Bauza in respect to wearing the national shift once again,” said the 55-year-old previously. “Obviously this is just my thoughts and I hope that I am wrong.”

Messi will leave Barcelona

Lionel Messi will not end his career with Barcelona.

That appears to be the general consensus when reading various reports across the World.

The Argentina international is the world's greatest player, he has been for some time and remains to be. 

Due to this he is obviously going to have any number of admirers and English Premier League clubs Manchester City and Chelsea have both in the past, been known to have held talks over Messi joining them if and when he decides to leave Camp Nou.

But whilst a move such as that would signify one final pay-day for Messi, there is one other move which would be fuelled purely by sentimental reasons.

That move would be a return to Argentina outfit Newell's Old Boys, the club that Messi left as a 14-year-old to join Barcelona.

Argentine side's vice-president Cristian D'Amico told British football magazine Four Four Two'I am convinced, like many of my peers, that we can make history as a club if we get the best player in the world in a Newell's shirt, I think we're going to get the pleasure of Messi wearing the shirt.' 

He added: 'Imagine a game with Messi in the Coloso [Estadio Marcelo Bielsa], with the press around the world, The sponsors who would come... that would make a difference economically, apart from the sentimental value, and could make a big difference to clean up the debts.'

Would Messi return to Argentina? The 29-year-old still has plenty to play for in Spain, so perhaps in a few years time?


Leo Messi selected for Argentina World Cup qualifiers

Argentina has selected star forward Lionel Messi for their upcoming World Cup Qualifiers against Uruguay & Venezuela next month. 
Newly appointed coach Edgardo Bauza successfully convinced Messi to come out of retirement, following his dispute with the Argentinian FA.
In an interview with La Nacion, Bauza explained how he managed to get the star to change his mind.
“I went [to speak to Messi] not to convince, I went to talk football,” Bauza told La Nacion.
“We were almost two hours talking about football and naturally it came out [from him] that he would be on the list.”
Bauza has selected a highly attacking squad, featuring big names Sergio Aguero, Ángel Di María and Erik Lamela.
Argentina currently sit in third place behind Ecuador and Uruguay in the WCQ group stage.