Messi’s future with the national team: According to French media, he wants to keep playing

On December 18, 2022, Lionel Messi he eventually won the FIFA World Cup after failing in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Messi wants to wear the Argentina shirt with the three stars

At the age of 35, the question of an international retreat for La Pulga immediately arose. The player has publicly stated that he wants to continue wearing the Argentina shirt at a party to celebrate the country’s third star.

Argentina will play two friendlies on March 21 and 28, but the names of their opponents have yet to be announced.

Lionel Messi, who made his international debut in 2005, is the player with the most caps (172 caps) and the top scorer (98 goals) in the history of the Argentina national team. Reaching 100 goals is a goal that motivates him.

And this Wednesday, January 25, 2023, the newspaper L’Equipe He made revelations about Lionel Messi’s international future.

Goal Copa América 2024 and… World Cup 2026?

Privately, the player would have informed his entourage to continue in the national team at least until the 2024 Copa América.

that is to say, the moment, the greatest vagueness still surrounds this competition since Ecuador, which was supposed to host it, has given up. The United States, a CONCACAF member state, has expressed its interest and we could have a Copa América, just like in 2016, with several teams from the CONCACAF area.

Lionel Messi has won the 2021 edition in Argentina and would like to participate in this competition for the last time to defend his title.

But this Copa América 2024 wouldn’t necessarily be Lionel Messi’s last big game with Argentina. According to information from L’Equipe newspaper, Lionel Messi also mentioned the idea of ​​defending his world champion title at the 2026 World Cup.

Lionel Messi, scheduled from June 3 to July 8, 2026, will be 38 years old at the start of this World Cup hosted in Canada, the United States and Mexico and would celebrate his 39th birthday during the competition since his birth on June 25. .

According to L’Equipe, the player is mainly thinking about the Copa América 2024 and would like to stay in a competitive championship to face this competition in the best conditions.

Source: Goal


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