The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be the last for Lionel Messi, but don’t tell that to Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez, who isn’t ready to see the 35-year-old exit the Argentina national team.
In an interview with ESPN Argentina (h/t ESPN FC ), Martinez was asked about the upcoming World Cup in Qatar as the team hopes to give Messi the story-telling ending to winning the trophy that has eluded him for so long.
However, Martinez is not quite ready as Messi retires from international competition with Argentina.
“How will this be Messi’s last World Cup?” Martinez said. “No, no, he’s crazy, we won’t let him go… We’ll go to war for him.”
Football fans who don’t have a horse in the race will be rooting for Messi to see the veteran striker get another shot at winning the World Cup after coming close in 2014 but losing to Germany in the final.
Last year, Messi finally won his first international trophy with Argentina, lifting the Copa America after defeating Brazil, so perhaps that could bode well for the World Cup at the end of November.