The Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has shut down all the retirement speculations after winning the FIFA World Cup title on Sunday. Notably, Messi-led Argentina beat France in penalty shootout 4-2 to lift their third World Cup trophy. Legendary forward was at his best in the tournament as he scored 7 goals in the season, out of which two came in the summit-clash against France.
While there were talks about Messi playing his last World Cup, the PSG legend has made an interesting revelation regarding his future. After lifting the prestigious trophy, Messi claimed that he ‘wants to play for his national team as a world champion.’
“Obviously I wanted to cap my career with this, and I can’t ask for anything more. What will happen after this? I have managed to win the Copa America and the World Cup almost at the end. I love football, it’s what I do. I enjoy being in the national team and want to continue by experiencing a few more games as a world champion,” Messi told Argentinian TV station TyC Sports.
Meanwhile, Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni suggested that retirement decision should completely depend on Messi, but he is hopeful that the player will be part of things for the 2026 World Cup in the USA, Canada and Mexico.
“For now, I think we should save a place for him for the next World Cup. If there are 26. What does it matter? You can have the 10 saved if you want to continue playing. I think he earned the right to choose what to do with his football career and with the Argentina national team. He has no pending account -if he did, what for me has never had it-, the truth is that is a pleasure to have trained him, and his teammates,” Scaloni told Tyc Sports.