Is retirement on Lionel Messi’s mind? Argentine offers frank assessment of country’s place in global order

Lionel Messi, who captained Argentina to victory in the 2022 World Cup, has stated that he is unsure whether or not he would retire from international football. However, he has emphasised that his primary focus is on having fun in the present.

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi, the captain of the Argentina team that won the World Cup, has claimed that he does not know when he would stop playing for his country’s national team in international competition. The 36-year-old individual stated, “Even I don’t know when,” in an interview that was seen on Argentine television and was broadcasted across the country. When the time is right, it will take place.” Messi, a seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or, plans to enjoy his career for as long as possible and will let time decide when it is the appropriate time for him to call it quits. He stressed the significance of taking time to appreciate one’s accomplishments, particularly in light of Argentina’s recent success in claiming the title of world champions and the 2021 Copa America championship.

“Using common sense and taking into account my age, one would anticipate that it will be soon, but I can’t say for certain. “Now that we are world champions as well as American champions (Argentina won the 2021 Copa America), we have to take some time to enjoy that,” Messi stated.

Messi has stated once again that it is highly improbable that he will be a part of Argentina’s squad when they defend their World Cup title in 2026. Messi famously scored the quickest goal of his career in China last month, reaching the back of the net after only 79 seconds in a friendly match against Australia in Beijing. The interview took place in China, which is also where Messi scored the quickest goal of his career.

Messi travelled in Florida on Tuesday to complete his transfer from Paris Saint-Germain to Inter Miami, a team that competes in the Major League Soccer in the United States. It is anticipated that he would sign a deal lasting two and a half years with an annual salary of $60 million, and that the contract will be unveiled to the supporters during a ceremony held at the stadium on Sunday.