Lionel Messi claims he’s not finished even if he led Argentina win the 2022 World Cup. Currently, Lionel Messi is still there.
After finally winning football’s top trophy in a historic World Cup final, Lionel Messi hinted last night that he could continue to play for Argentina.
The 35-year-old star of this tournament stated he wants to “keep playing in the Argentina jersey as world champions” after ending his nation’s 36-year World Cup drought and being clad in a traditional Qatari “bisht” robe by the Emir of Qatar.
The 35-year-old soccer legend said in October that the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be his last tournament. With two goals in the championship match, he put an exciting end to the tournament and helped Argentina defeat France on penalties to win the World Cup for the first time.
He wants to keep celebrating the triumph while donning blue and white now that he has earned the highest honour in international sports.
Following the World Cup victory, Messi said Gastón Edul in an interview, “I am not retiring from the national team.” I want to keep competing at the highest level.
An emotional Argentina’s coach, Lionel Scaloni, also expressed optimism yesterday night that Messi will play for Argentina at the USA, Canada, and Mexico 2026 World Cup. The 44-year-old also thanked Messi for giving him trust during a late-night heart-to-heart chat a year ago, after the country had battled in a qualifying match against Brazil.
We must save him for the 2026 World Cup, according to Scaloni. He will be with us if he wants to keep having fun. He has every right to choose what he wants to do with his profession right now.
It will be OK, Messi had assured Scaloni during the phone chat. We shall proceed. We must at least try. After their conversation, Scaloni remarked, “With his answer, I did see we were doing things perfectly.” That gave me so much energy and gave me a boost emotionally.
As the game’s MVP, Messi did not appear at a press conference. But when his mother Celia Cuccittini came up to him and they hugged on the field following Argentina’s victory in the penalty shootout, the emotion was clearly visible on the No. 10’s face.
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Messi made his debut for La Albiceleste in 2005, and in 2006, he made his first appearance on the World Cup stage. He led the squad to the World Cup final in 2014 and won an Olympic gold medal in 2008, but it took him until recently to reach the top of international soccer.
Argentina defeated opponent Brazil in the Copa América final in 2021, giving Messi his first big trophy with the nation. The only accomplishment missing from his professional résumé was a World Cup victory.
Argentina came under early pressure in Qatar after the team’s group play opener loss to Saudi Arabia. Messi and company made a strong comeback, winning their last six games and holding out the reigning World Cup champions to triumph and claim the title.
The next men’s World Cup will begin in the summer of 2026, while the Copa América will return in 2024. Messi will always be known as a World Cup champion, regardless of how long he plays for La Albiceleste.
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