Soccer

Messi says he will again play for Argentina's national team

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, heads for the ball during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi, left, heads for the ball during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

  • FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

    FC Barcelona's Luis Suarez, left, reacts after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Joan Gamper trophy friendly soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sampdoria at the Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)  (The Associated Press)

Lionel Messi says he has reconsidered his decision to quit international soccer and will continue playing for Argentina's national team.

Messi says there are "a lot of problems in Argentine football" but he prefers "to help from within and not criticize from the outside."

Messi had said he was done with the national team after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final in the United States in June.

The playmaker says in a statement from his managers on Friday that "a lot of things went through my mind on the night of the final and I gave serious thought to quitting, but my love for my country and this shirt is too great."