Argentina's president wants Lionel Messi to keep kicking

Argentinian President Mauricio Macri
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Argentinian President Mauricio Macri

Argentine President Mauricio Macri says he thinks he can convince soccer-star Lionel Messi to stay in the game.

"I talked to him on the phone; I'm sure he will come back. He's the best in the world," Macri told CNBC. He predicted that a Messi return to the team would mean a World Cup win.

Messi suddenly announced that he would be retiring from international football after being a defeated by Chile in New Jersey's MetLife Stadium.

Argentina's most famous forward is also experiencing legal trouble in Spain for tax fraud. Messi was sentenced to 21 months in prison and fined about $2.2 million.

Other international football players have reached out to Messi asking him to stay in the league.