Argentine icon reveals Lionel Messi’s promise if he won the 2022 World Cup

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Winning the FIFA World Cup with Argentina was Lionel Messi’s ultimate goal. Now that he finally did it at Qatar 2022, it looks like he’ll have to make good on a promise made to another Argentine soccer legend.

It wasn’t just Argentina fans. Millions of people around the world wanted to see Lionel Messi win the FIFA World Cup and that is why Qatar 2022 will be an unforgettable tournament in the history of the beautiful game.

While Messi has already given reasons to be considered one of, if not the greatest footballer of all time, the lack of World Cup titles has been a big blemish on his otherwise perfect career. Now that won’t be a problem.

It took a lot of effort as Messi’s first World Cup triumph came at the age of 35, in his fifth appearance. Did we just witness Leo’s last dance? According to Jorge Valdano, Messi has promised to play in the 2026 World Cup if he wins the trophy in Qatar.

Jorge Valdano says Messi promised to play in 2026 World Cup if he won Qatar 2022

“The last time I interviewed Leo Messi, off camera, he told me ‘If I win this year’s World Cup, I will wear the Argentina shirt until the 2026 World Cup’,” Valdano told Spanish radio show El Partidazo de COPE, via Barca Universal.

Messi has already said he wants to continue playing as a world champion for Argentina, but didn’t make clear whether he intends to make it to the next World Cup. Either way, it would make sense if he does.

Though he’s not getting any younger, Messi continues to perform at a top level for his country, where he feels more appreciated than ever. He’s loved by his teammates, respected by his coach, and admired by the entire nation. Besides, a promise is a promise.

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