Argentinian legend Lionel Messi confirms that he will be playing his last FIFA World Cup Qatar, 2022
7th time Ballon d’Or winner, Lionel Messi confirms that the 2022 World Cup will be his last. And this time, it is for real. In an interview with ESPN, Messi said, “Surely, this will be my final World Cup, I’m counting down the days until the World Cup. The truth is, there’s a little anxiety.” He also stated, “Well, we’re here, what’s going to happen? It’s my last one, how’s it going to go? On one hand, I can’t wait for it to arrive, but I’m also desperate for it to go well.”
The 35-year-old legend has appeared in the last four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018) and has scored 6 goals in 19 matches. Though he could take his squad to the finals in 2014, an extra-time blow by Mario Götze disappointed the Argentinian team. In 2006 and 2010, Argentina qualified in the quarterfinal round, and in 2018 France eliminated them from the round of 16.
Messi also said, “I don’t know if we are the favorites, but Argentina in itself is always a candidate for history, for what it means. We are not the favorites, I think there are other teams that are above us.”
Although he stated that they are not the favorites, right now, Argentina has a 35 matches win streak, and they may break the record of Italy, which had a record of a winning streak of 37 matches. Argentina will face Saudi Arabia on November 2022 in their Group C match.