The Barcelona forward has hit out at local media after his Copa America disappointment led to suggestions he would take a break from the international game
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.”
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has hit 46 goals in 103 internationals, leaving him just 10 strikes behind his country’s all-time top goalscorer, Gabriel Batistuta.
Messi has claimed an Olympic Gold medal and an Under-20 World Cup title but Argentina are without a major trophy at senior level since Copa America 1993.