Lionel Messi, captain of the Argentina national team Said on Thursday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be the last of his career.
“It was definitely my last World Cup. I feel good physically I was able to play very well in pre-season this year. which I couldn’t do last year. It’s important to go to where I am.(Messi insists the 2022 World Cup will be his last)With great mentality and great hope,” the 35-year-old told ESPN Argentina.
Messi, who is scheduled to make his fifth World Cup appearance, made his international debut in 2005 and has 164 caps for Argentina and is the country’s top scorer with 90 goals.
In an interview held in Paris Where Messi plays for Paris Saint-Germain He admitted he was worried about the upcoming tournament in Qatar.
“There are concerns, concerns about the World Cup,” he said. “We cannot wait for it to begin.”
Messi’s international debut as a substitute against Hungary in 2005 took just two minutes before he was sacked. But he quickly established himself in the formation of the national team and traveled to Germany for the first World Cup in 2006.
He played in 2010 in South Africa, 2014 in Brazil, Argentina reached the final and 2018 in Russia.
The current side under Lionel Scaloni’s management has passed 35 games without losing anyone. And probably one of the pre-tournament favorites for the Qatar tournament.
“We have arrived at a good time. With a group that is well-equipped and very strong But anything can happen,” Messi said.
“The whole game was very difficult. The favourites are not always the ones who end up winning or who are on the path to expectation.
“Argentina is always a candidate because of its history and meaning. But we are not the only favorites. But there are other teams that are above us.”