Messi: Sunday’s final will be my last World Cup game for Argentina


Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said Sunday’s final match in Qatar will be the last World Cup game of his illustrious career.
The 35-year-old striker netted his fifth goal of Qatar 2022 and assisted two others in the 3-0 semi-final victory over Croatia on Tuesday night.
“I am very happy for finishing my journey in World Cups in a final, to play the last game in a final. That is really very gratifying,” he said.
Continuing, he said,  “Everything I lived in this World Cup has been emotional, seeing how much it has been enjoyed in Argentina.
“There are a lot of years from this year to the next one. I don’t think I will be able to do that. To finish this way is brilliant.
“We are going to do our best, as we have done up until now, so that this time it really happens – we really win it,” said Messi, who retired from international duty in June 2016 before reversing his decision two months later.
“I have been enjoying it the past few years, being with the national side. I am really enjoying everything that is happening to us.
“To get the Copa America, to reach the World Cup with 36 games unbeaten, and to finish all that trajectory in a final is just incredible.
“I hope the people in Argentina enjoy themselves and what we are doing. They shouldn’t doubt we are giving absolutely everything.”

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