Lionel Messi has lashed out at reports he was set to take a break from international football after failing to lift the Copa America with Argentina earlier this year.
The Barcelona star faced intense criticism from some in the local media after the Albiceleste captain saw his side go down to hosts Chile on penalties in the final, with some going as far as suggesting he take extended leave from the national team.
“I never said that I wasn’t going to play any longer with the national team,” Messi told ESPN Radio.
“[The media] can’t kill me any more than they already have.
“I am used to them saying these types of things. Now we have friendlies and as long as the coach calls me up I am going to continue to be present.”
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