Lionel Messi says 2022 World Cup with Argentina will be his last

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar subsequent month will be the last of Lionel Messi‘s storied profession.

The 35-year-old Argentina big name, who will play in his 5th World Cup, continues to be in quest of his first name on the showpiece event (which starts on Nov. 20 this 12 months) and admitted he feels fearful forward of his last look on global soccer’s greatest degree.

“There’s some anxiety and nerves at the same time. It is the last one,” Messi stated in an interview with Star Plus.

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It is the primary time the Paris Saint-Germain striker has spoken overtly about his long run after the event, with Messi having now not stated definitively whether or not he would retire from the nationwide workforce after Qatar.

Argentina, who’re unbeaten of their previous 35 aggressive fits, will arrive on the World Cup with their self belief top after profitable the 2021 Copa America ultimate in opposition to hosts Brazil, which Messi believes used to be a turning level for his workforce after a number of close to misses.

“In a World Cup, anything can happen. All the matches are very tough. The favourites don’t always end up winning,” Messi stated. “I don’t know if we’re the favourites, but Argentina is always a candidate because of its history. Now even more so because of the moment we’re in, but we are not the favourites. I think there are other teams that are above us.”

Argentina gained the World Cup in 1978 and 1986. The workforce will open the event on Nov. 22 in opposition to Saudi Arabia in Group C sooner than going through Mexico and Poland.

“I feel good, physically,” Messi stated. “I had a good preseason this year, which I wasn’t able to do the year before [when he moved from Barca to PSG]. It was key to starting off better, as I did, with a lot of mental focus and eagerness.”

Messi’s report with Argentina stands in stark distinction to his luck at membership degree. Argentina got here just about finishing their lengthy trophy drought on 3 events however had been overwhelmed via Germany within the 2014 World Cup ultimate and via Chile within the 2015 and 2016 Copa America finals.

“I have been playing with the national team for a long time now,” Messi stated. “There have been spectacular moments, like in 2014, 2015 and 2016, but we didn’t win and were criticised for not being champions.

“We did the entirety proper till the finals.”

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Messi said he was heading to Qatar with a positive outlook as the elder statesman in a team full of young talent, while also still relishing Argentina’s massive Copa America win last year.

“It’s been very laborious, however in 2019 a brand new workforce with many younger folks got here and gained the Copa America. That helped us so much,” Messi added. “I could not consider it, can not give an explanation for it. It’s one of the crucial objectives I had to wrap the entirety up. It used to be essential for me to win one thing with the nationwide workforce, if now not that monkey used to be at all times going to be on my again, all the ones misplaced finals.”

“I’d’ve favored to have loved it with the folk of Argentina. It’s loopy how they skilled it, the aftermath. They’re loopy over the workforce, excited. That’s why you should flip it down, we are going to combat in opposition to any one, however we do not suppose we are the champions. We suppose we are simply going to stroll over any one, however it is not like that. The first sport is essential.”

“My love of the Argentinean folks is unconditional. I’m very thankful to have skilled and loved the entirety I’ve. It used to be very particular.”

Argentina face the United Arab Emirates of their ultimate warm-up in November sooner than starting workforce play in Qatar.

Information from Reuters and The Associated Press used to be used on this tale.

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