Lionel Messi hails Argentina work ethic after scoring the winner in 1-0 win over Brazil on return from three-month ban
- Lionel Messi missed a penalty but scored the rebound as Argentina beat Brazil
- It was Messi’s first game after a three-month ban for criticising CONMEBOL
- The 32-year-old praised Argentina’s new system for helping them defensively
Lionel Messi praised Argentina’s work ethic after scoring the winner in a 1-0 win over Brazil on his return to international football.
The 32-year-old was banned for three months by CONMEBOL after criticising the South American governing body during this summer’s Copa America.
Messi vented his fury at officials after Argentina’s semi-final loss to Brazil and a third-place play-off win over Chile in which he was sent off following an altercation with Gary Medel.
Lionel Messi hailed Argentina’s work ethic after they beat Brazil 1-0 in Saudi Arabia
Messi missed a penalty but tapped home the rebound on his return to international football
Messi has served a three-month ban for criticising CONMEBOL and calling them ‘corrupt’
However, the Barcelona forward made a triumphant return as he scored the only goal of the game in an international friendly in Saudi Arabia.
‘At the beginning we tried to play, we made a few mistakes and they created some chances,’ Messi told the Argentinean FA’s official website.
‘In the second half we improved a lot.
‘I think this system defensively gives us a lot. It’s good that we can play in several ways.
‘When you win, you work with peace of mind, it is very positive for what is coming.
‘We all ran a lot – it’s what we had to do.’