Argentina superstar Lionel Messi has said just over a month before the 2022 World Cup in Qatar that this will be his final. The 35-year-old is going to his sixth World Cup, where he hopes to finally win. It was the first time he discussed what would come next after the event, which begins on November 20.
Argentina, who are now 35 matches unbeaten, and Paris Saint-German ace are expected to put on a great show in the Middle East. After La Albiceleste’s heartbreaking loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, the forward declared that this year’s tournament would be his fifth and final opportunity to lead his nation to their first World Cup victory since 1986.
“If this is my last World Cup? Yes, for sure, for sure. Physically I feel good, this year I can have a very good pre-season, which I didn’t do the year before because of how everything went, I started training late, playing without rhythm, the tournament already started, then I went to the national team, when I came back I had an injury and I never finished,” he told Star+ in early October.
Could Lionel Messi’s most recent injury rule him out of World Cup?
The possibility of an injury keeping Lionel Messi out of the World Cup this year has been confirmed by the Argentine star. The Paris Saint-Germain attacker has expressed doubts about his fitness as the world championship approaches in little over a month.
Due to the absence of both Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala, Lionel Scaloni’s team are already in the midst of an injury problem. The veteran is hoping to make his comeback to the PSG squad for Sunday’s Classique match against Marseille after sitting out the team’s last two games with a calf injury.
When interviewed by DirecTV Sports, Leo said: “Injuries are a worry. This is a different World Cup which is played at a different time of the year to previous tournaments and it is so imminent any little thing that happens to you can force you out. With what happened to Dybala and Di Maria, the truth is that personally you worry and you’re more afraid when you see those sort of things.”
Messi’s status for the match against Marseille at the Parc des Princes was originally uncertain, with the player apparently informing his entourage that he was not willing to take any additional chances before the World Cup. Then he was seen participating in Friday morning’s training session, and coach Christophe Galtier said in his pregame news conference that he anticipates the Argentine’s full participation.