Argentina captain Lionel Messi said Thursday that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be “definitely” last of his professional life.
“It’s mine last The World Cup for sure. I feel good Physically, I was able to do something good Before this season yearwhich I couldn’t do last year. It was necessary to get to my place, with a good condition of mind and a lot of Hope “35-yearOld for ESPN Argentina.
Messi, who scheduled to appear in his fifth world cup, made for him international debut in 2005 and since then won 164 caps for Argentina is all the time country record scorer with 90 goals.
In the interview that took place in Paris where Messi plays for PSG admitted he was nervous about the impending tournament.
“There is anxiety and nervousness about the World Cup,” he said. “We can’t wait for on him start. “
Messi international debut as a substitute against Hungary in continued 2005 just 2 minutes before sending it off But he soon established himself in The national team set-up And travel to Germany for for him first world Cup in 2006.
He went on to me play in 2010 edition in South Africa, 2014 in Brazil, where Argentina reached the final, 2018 in Russia.
The current side under management of Lionel Scaloni, now over thirty-five games Undefeated is likely to be among the favorite pre-tournament for The tournament.
“We have reached a good Moment, with Very well-equipped And a very strong group, but anything can happen.”
“All the games Too tough. Favorites are not always the same who End up win or take path who – which one is expected.
Argentina is always a candidate because of that it history And what does that mean. But we are not the only candidates, there are others teams The above-mentioned us. “
else chance for Glory
Argentina got its offer for Third World Cup title, and first Since 1986, underway on November 22 against Kingdom Saudi Arabia in Lusail before the third group matches against Mexico and Poland.
Messi has often struggled to emulate Argentine icon Diego Maradona on the biggest international The stage, although surprisingly named player of The tournament after team lost 2014 final to Germany.
He only scored once four years ago in Russia as Argentina bowed out with 4-3 defeat in the end champions France in The last No. 16, after a 3-0 win from Croatia in The group The theater.
But hopes are high for winning the Ballon d’Or seven times winner can bend out from the World Cup with Glory in The Middle East.
Messi won The best player award He also led Argentina to last yearCopa America title – by defeating arch-rivals Brazil in The final – to me win they first pioneer tournament nickname in 28 years.
Qatar is likely to provide last chance for Messi and longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, to finally lift the World Cup.
“I will have to re-evaluate a lot of Things after the World Cup, whether all goes well for us Or not,” Messi admitted in Walk.
“I hope it goes well, but a lot of Things will definitely change.”