Lionel Messi has announced that the 2022 World Cup will be his last participation in the tournament. Messi, who is now 35, has yet to win the World Cup trophy after losing to Germany in the 2014 tournament final and suffering quarterfinal exits in both 2006 and 2010.
Messi has stated that the 2022 World Cup will be his final World Cup, so if he is going to win the competition, it will have to be in Qatar later this year. Fans were quick to express their views on the football’s great announcing this decision with many hoping he could guide Argentina to glory in Qatar this time:
What Lionel Messi said about the 2022 FIFA World Cup?
“Yes, surely yes, surely yes,” he told Star+ when asked if Qatar will be his last. “I’m counting down the days until the World Cup. The truth is, there’s a little anxiety, saying: ‘Well, we’re here, what’s going to happen? It’s my last one, how’s it going to go?’. On one hand, I can’t wait for it to arrive but I’m also desperate for it to go well.”
“We’re at a very good moment, with a very strong group, but anything can happen at a World Cup,” he explained. “All the matches are difficult, that is what makes a World Cup so special because the favourites are not always the ones who end up winning or even doing as well as you expect.“
“I don’t know if we are the favourites, but Argentina in itself is always a candidate for history, for what it means. We are not the favourites, I think there are other teams that are above us.”