As he announced just after Argentina’s coronation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Lionel Messi confirmed his intention to wear the Albiceleste jersey again. But the Parisian remains unclear about his future international retirement.
As he turns 36 next June, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has every intention of still defending the colors of his country for a few months or a few years. The playmaker has waited so long before winning trophies with his country that he does not sulk his pleasure to evolve today within a generation which finally wins. At present, the PSG star does not necessarily set a specific deadline.
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2024 minimum ?
The Copa America 2024, which will be played in the United States and will bring together 16 countries, seems well within reach of the former Blaugrana. Messi will then be 37 years old and should be able to compete in this competition while remaining a major player in this Argentine selection. Regarding the 2026 World Cup, the main interested party himself recognizes that this deadline is very distant but does not close any doors. “I don’t know, I’ve always said that because of my age it seems to me that it’s very difficult to get there. I love playing football, I love what I do and as long as I am good and feel fit and continue to enjoy it, I will do it. But it seems like a lot until the next World Cup”explained Messi in an interview with the Argentine sports daily olé.
Messi can see coming
After having realized his dream of winning a World Cup, Messi will be able to approach the next deadlines without this immense pressure which he had to carry almost alone on his shoulders during the last competitions with the Albiceleste. “I don’t anticipate anything either. But that’s what I repeat and I will repeat. Due to age and time, it seems to me that it is difficult. But it depends on the evolution of my career. I’m going to be 36 (June 24, editor’s note), I’m going to see where my career goes, what I’m going to do and it depends on a lot of things.added the 2022 world champion.