Lionel Messi Makes a Heart-Wrenching Statement on His Career After FIFA World Cup 2022

Published 03/26/2022, 3:15 PM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

Being the best player of all time is a huge responsibility for any person. However, very few players are able to handle it as well as Paris Saint Germain forward, Lionel Messi has done. He has been among the best players on the planet for over 16 years now.

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The Argentinian forward won his record-extending seventh Ballon d’Or in 2021, and while things haven’t looked the same for him, he’s not a bad player by any means. His season for PSG has been a total bust with the club in contention for the Ligue 1 title and nothing else, but Messi can still win it all with Argentina.

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Lionel Messi hints at retirement after the World Cup

Argentina is gearing up for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of 2022, and have a good team right now. They beat Venezuela in their World Cup Qualifiers match by a score of 3-0, with goals from PSG duo Messi and Angel di Maria. Nicolas Gonzalez got the third goal.

It was a great performance from the nation and they have now surely qualified for the world cup along with Brazil. After the match, Lionel Messi made a statement that might strike fear in a lot of Argentinian hearts. He mentioned that he would rethink a lot of things after the World Cup.

After the World Cup, I’m going to have to rethink a lot of things. Whether it goes well or badly,” Messi said. Moreover, if he does retire from International football, it won’t be the first time he has done so.

 

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Messi’s retirement from international football in 2016

Argentina lost the Copa America final against Chile in 2016 after a penalty shootout. It was Messi’s penalty miss that was more shocking as it resulted in Chile winning the trophy.

After the match, the former FC Barcelona man announced his retirement from the national team amidst a lot of sadness. However, the people of Argentina campaigned for Messi to come back and play for their nation, and the forward answered their prayers. He came back and has been in fantastic form for his nation ever since.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a soccer author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for soccer to enhance his journalism. He lists charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.

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