Lionel Messi will never be seen in an Argentine jersey again and his fans cannot bear the trauma. His admirers are constantly pleading him to reconsider his decision and make a comeback to his national team.

In the light of such events, let us have a look at some of the biggest sports personalities who made a glorious comeback after announcing retirement:

Michael Jordan: Considered to be the greatest basketball player of all times, Jordan announced retirement on October 6th, 1993 following his father's murder but made a comeback soon in 1995. He again called it quits but returned in 2001. He announced his final (and actual) retirement in 2003.

Lance Armstrong: Contrary to popular belief, Lance Armstrong did not win any title before 1996, when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He came back in 1998 and won 7 consecutive Tour de France titles.

Muhammad Ali: In March 1966, Ali refused to be inducted into the armed forces. He was systematically denied a boxing license in every state and stripped of his passport. As a result, he did not fight from March 1967 to October 1970: From age 25 to 29 as his case worked its way through the appeals process before his conviction was overturned in 1971.

Pele: Pele semi-retired from his club Santos in 1972. He played matches occasionally for Santos before joining American club Cosmos. Pele's last match for Cosmos in the year 1977 and his gesture of holding Brazilian and American flags together still evokes inexplicable emotions in every soccer fan's heart.

Shahid Afridi: Pakistani cricket great, Afridi has been a butt of jokes since Messi's retirement. As soon as Messi said, “It's over for me,” Twitter became flooded with tweets asking Afridi when will he say his final goodbye. He announced retirement from Test cricket on 12th April 2006 but reversed the decision 15 days later. In May 2011, he announced conditional retirement from international cricket but was inducted into the team two weeks later. He again made the announcement in 2015, after World Cup quarterfinal loss to Australia. On 3 April, 2016 he said that he will step down as the T20 captain but not retire.

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