Lionel Messi has finally won the FIFA World Cup with Argentina, taking his nation to the promised land at Qatar 2022. In his postgame interview, he opened up about his future with the national team.
The moment millions of people have been waiting for has arrived. Lionel Messi lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy as captain of Argentina after a hard-fought shoot-out victory over France in the Qatar 2022 final.
The 35-year-old, who had failed in his four previous World Cups, had a campaign to remember. With seven goals in as many games and three assists, Messi has played a key role in his country’s success.
Many have speculated about his future after Qatar, given that he is not getting any younger. Although he has already achieved the ultimate goal, it doesn’t look like Messi has any plans to leave the team anytime soon.
Lionel Messi reveals plans with Argentina after Qatar 2022
“It’s crazy that it happened this way. I wanted it very much. I knew that God was going to give it to me. Now it’s time to enjoy it. Look at this cup, it’s beautiful. We suffered a lot but we made it. We can’t wait to be in Argentina and to see how crazy it’s going to be,” Messi said postgame, via Mundo Albiceleste.
Messi later revealed to Gaston Edul of TyC Sports that he intends to continue playing for Argentina despite having already won the World Cup. “I’m not retiring from the national team,” Messi said. “I want to continue playing as a champion.”