- Lionel Messi has played at each World Cup starting around 2006.
- Lionel Messi says November’s Reality Cup in Qatar will “certainly” be his last.
The 35-year-old Paris St-Germain forward has played at four World Cups with Argentina, scoring six objectives and showing up.
He procured an other participant’s decoration in 2014. In the wake of captaining his country to the Copa America title in 2021, the World Cup is the sole significant prize missing from Messi’s celebrated assortment.
“It’s my last World Cup, certainly,” he said.
Addressing ESPN, Messi added: “I’m counting during the time to the World Cup. There is uneasiness and nerves simultaneously. Maintaining that it should be currently, what will occur, and at last, how is everything turning out to go?”
Messi made his global presentation in 2005 and has made 164 appearances for Argentina, scoring 90 objectives.
In arriving at his fifth World Cup, he will outperform the record for an Argentina player he held with Diego Maradona and Javier Mascherano.
Argentina is positioned third in the Fifa world rankings and faces Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland in Gathering C at the World Cup, which begins on 20 November.
“In a World Cup, anything can occur. All the matches are extremely intense. The top choices don’t necessarily, in all cases, wind up winning,” Messi said.