Lionel Messi has revealed that Messi has no plans of taking part in the 2026 World Cup, with his final appearance on the stage scheduled for his 2022 World Cup final.
- The all-time great enjoyed global fame in 2022.
- He was captain of his country to his crown in Qatar
- Looking forward to a brand-fresh adventure in America
What transpired? Seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has led the Albiceleste to success in Qatar and delivered an array of remarkable performances that enabled him to finish an impressive collection of medals. The 35-year-old had previously suggested that he would not go to the tournament knowing that it was likely that he wouldn’t return for another one, and has reiterated his position after revealing that he’ll be traveling to America on a club level to tie with MLS club Inter Miami.
What they said: Quizzed by Chinese outlet Titan Sports about whether he plans to continue his international career to 2026’s World Cup finals in 2026 which are scheduled to be hosted jointly in three countries: the United States, Canada, and Mexico, Messi said: “I believe not. This was my final World Cup. I’ll keep an eye on how things go but, in the end, I’ll not be going on to the next World Cup.”
The larger picture: Argentina boss Lionel Scaloni had been paving the way for Messi to play a role in his plans in the fight to defend an international crown. He said in response to questions about the likelihood of his captain remaining for another few seasons: “We have the door open to him, and if there are no chance alternatives, we’ll search for another option. I’m hoping that he can make it into the 2026 World Cup, I can think of him at the next World Cup but the first thing to do is get qualified.”
WHAT NEXT? Messi is a part in the present Argentina squad that is currently in China for a friendly match with Australia and has already racked up a record-setting 174 caps and scores of 102 goals in his country.