Lionel Messi: Qatar World Cup will be my last with Argentina


Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has revealed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be his last with Argentina.

The 35-year-old is widely regarded as the best footballer of all time and has won a plethora of trophies and individual accolades at club level during his remarkable 18-year professional career.

Messi finally got his hands on his first piece of silverware at international level when Argentina beat South American rivals Brazil in the 2021 Copa America final.

However, one trophy which still illudes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is the World Cup, with his best result coming in 2014 when Argentina lost 1-0 after extra time to Germany in the final.

Messi has received a total of 164 international caps for La Albiceleste, scoring 90 goals in the process, but the legendary forward believes the Qatar World Cup will be his fifth and final appearance on the world’s biggest stage.

Speaking to Sebastian Vignolo during an interview for Star+, Messi said: “This will be my last World Cup – for sure. The decision has been made.

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