Lionel Messi retirement fake news.He denied retirement rumors after Argentina’s World Cup win against France, saying he wants to keep playing for his country. I won’t retire from the national team. After the game, Messi told TyC Sports that he wanted to continue playing with the Argentina shirt as World Cup champions.
The tournament ended with Messi scoring seven goals and assisting three. As a result of this tournament, Messi became the first player ever to assist in five World Cups.
In becoming the leading scorer in La Albiceleste’s history, he surpassed Gabriel Batistuta’s tally of 10 goals. Messi will end his World Cup goal tally with 13 goals if Argentina-France is to be his last game for the national side.
In Argentina’s history, this was the third World Cup. Under Diego Maradona, it won two in 1978 and 1986. La Albiceleste lost 0-1 to Germany in 2014 final despite Lionel Messi’s best efforts.
Lionel Messi retirement decision postponed after glorious victory at Qatar FIFA worldcup:
After leading Argentina to World Cup glory in Qatar, Lionel Messi has insisted that he will not retire… so what are the chances of him defending the title in 2026 at age 39?
Last night, Argentina’s coach Lionel Scaloni expressed hope that Messi would play at the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. A year ago, the 44-year-old also credited Messi with inspiring him to have faith during a late night heart-to-heart call after the nation had struggled in a qualification match against Brazil.
Messi’s Golden Ball award for Player of the Tournament award was the only similarity to his 2014 campaign in Qatar. During the World Cup, he became the first player to win two Golden Balls.
Argentina won more awards than any other team. For the best goalkeeper, Emiliano Martinez won the Golden Glove, while Enzo Fernandes was named Young Player of the Tournament.