You need not be a football fan to have heard of the name Lionel Messi before.
Similarly, you need not be a football fan to have heard about Messi’s success on the field.
After all, he’s what many refer to as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time).
Well, as the GOAT ages and his goatee grows, he’s expecting to retire soon.
35YO Lionel Messi Confirms That The 2022 World Cup Final Will Be His Last World Cup Game
All good things must come to an end. That includes the career of legendary football player Lionel Messi.
According to the GOAT himself, the Qatar 2022 World Cup finals will be his last world cup appearance.
“This will be my last World Cup – for sure. The decision has been made. I am counting down the days to the World Cup. There is a bit of anxiety and nerves at the same time,” he said.
“It’s my last World Cup. It’s impressive to end up playing a final. There’s a long way to go for the next one, there are many years, and surely, because of age, I will not reach it. I’m going to play my second World Cup final. Hopefully, this time, it ends in another way.”
In professional football, most players retire at 35, which is Messi’s current age. As such, getting him to return in the 2026 World Cup at 39 years old would be a tall order.
In other words, this is his last shot.
Argentina vs Croatia Semi-finals
The Argentina vs Croatia semi-final match kicked off early on Wednesday (14 December).
Winning 3-0, Messi scored one goal for Argentina with a penalty kick and made two assists to Julián Álvarez, who scored on both passes.
With divine footwork, they easily bypassed Croatia’s signature midfield and advanced their nation.
Now, it’s all up to the last stretch.
For those who don’t know, Argentina also made it to the finals in the 2014 World Cup but lost to Germany, which scored a clutch goal in extra time.
The match was a repeat of the 1990 final featuring Argentinian football legend Diego Maradona, where Argentina lost as well.
Hopefully, Messi can fill up that empty spot in his trophy cabinet this year and seal the deal the become the true Greatest Of All Time.
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