The players of the Argentina national team celebrate qualifying for the World Cup final after a 0:3 victory over Croatia (Instagram)
Lionel Messi stated even before the World Cup that this is probably his last tournament with the Argentine national team, but tonight (between Tuesday and Wednesday), shortly after scoring, cooking and excelling in a 0:3 victory over Croatia, number 10 announced to Argentine reporters: "The final will certainly be the last game Mine in the World Cup."
The 35-year-old Messi, who is also known to end his contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, does not intend to retire from football, but it is possible that starting next season he will no longer play in Europe, although it is not impossible that he will choose to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain or perhaps return To close a circle and retire in Barcelona.
However, many reports actually point to an imminent move to the United States, and tonight in general the possibility of a comeback and closing a completely different kind of circle emerged.
In the ESPN Argentina panel, presenter and broadcaster Sebastian Vignolo hinted at a possible return of the flea to Newell's Old Boys - the team where he took his first steps in football before moving to Barcelona: "I don't want to say anything, but if everything goes well, Messi would like to give himself a pleasure. Just to clarify - it's not about returning to Barcelona," Vignolo said.
Sergio Aguero, who is known to be a very close friend of Messi and sat on the panel, confirmed: "Yes, I know about it."
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Messi (Photo: Reuters)
Regarding the national team, in the interview he gave to "Ola" after he was selected as the outstanding semifinalist yesterday and ahead of the second World Cup final in his career against the winner tonight between France and Morocco (21:00), Messi replied: "The final will definitely be my last game as part of the World Cup. The next World Cup will be in a while Many years and I don't think I'll be able to play. Such an ending is the best there is."
When asked about the additional opportunity he was given to lead Argentina to their first World Cup win since 1986, he replied: "I am happy to finish my way in the World Cup games with a chance to win, with my last game being the World Cup final."
The flea also overtook Gabriel Batistuta last night and became the king of goals for the Argentina national team in the World Cup games with 11 conquests.
On this he said: "It's all well and good (breaking records), but what's most important is that we all achieve our goal - it's the most beautiful thing there is and we're one victory away from winning. After fighting very hard, we'll do everything to make it happen this time."
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In addition, Messi is currently the top scorer of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with five goals and three assists, ahead of Mbappe thanks to last night's assist - the Frenchman with five goals and two assists before the match against Morocco tonight - and this was also answered by "The Flea" when asked if this was a goal for him: " Many things go through my mind, but we are before the final and that is what I want the most."
The one who also praised Messi and wished him to win the World Cup is Luka Modric, the inevitable Croatian captain who made his last appearance for the Croatian national team yesterday - otherwise it is expected to happen in the match for third place on Saturday.
"I hope Messi will win the World Cup, he is the best player in history and he deserves to win," said the midfielder, "Messi has a tremendous World Cup in which he shows his quality and greatness in every new game."
By the way, for those who are interested, the broadcast of the semi-final match between Argentina and Croatia on Channel 11 peaked at 32.8 percent ratings - the highest figure so far in the World Cup in Qatar.
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