Barcelona teammate Javier Mascherano deeply believes Lionel Messi's short-lived international retirement was not due to a lack of love towards Argentina squad.
Lionel Messi announced on Friday he has reversed his decision to stop his international career. This decision was made following a conversation with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza.
He was subsequently named in new boss Edgardo Bauza's squad for September's World Cup qualifiers against Uruguay and Venezuela.
Teammate Javier Mascherano explained why Messi left Argentina:
"Leo felt very frustrated after the final defeat. We all had our heads in other places. It's very hard to pick yourself up after three final defeats in a row," said Mascherano.
"I don't think Leo said 100 per cent that he was leaving, he was just very frustrated. But after thinking about things I think he realised he still has a lot to bring to the team and the country.
"He's perhaps not that used to losing because he's had such a fabulous career, but it's part of life in sport.
"Obviously there is a new coach, he needs to pick up points in the qualifiers. We've got six key games and we really need to get the points. He needs to make sure we get the simple things right and improve the things he thinks we need to.
"We haven't won a title for so many years but we've always been competitive."