Lionel Messi was back in an Argentina shirt with the captain’s armband strapped around his left arm, and it took just one half of soccer in Thursday’s World Cup qualifier against Uruguay to remind Argentine fans what they would’ve missed had he stayed retired.
The Barcelona superstar momentarily broke through the physical and sometimes chippy play between the South American powers to score a wonderful opening goal in the 43rd minute
What made the goal special was Messi’s control with his heel. Here’s his exquisite flick in slow motion.
Unfortunately for Messi and Argentina, Paulo Dybala got sent off just before halftime to reduce the Albiceleste to 10 men. The second yellow card left the 22-year-old Juventus star in tears and had Messi in the referee’s face at halftime and again before the start of the second half.