Star Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina’s football team, has said that the final game of the FIFA World Cup 2022, which is taking place in Qatar and ends on Sunday, December 18, will be his last game for his country. The 35-year-old helped Argentina get to the final of the tournament by helping them beat Croatia in the first semifinal on Tuesday night (Wednesday IST). This year, he has scored the most goals and set up the most assists. He scored the first goal for his team against Croatia and then helped Julian Alvarez score the third goal for his team.
Messi confirmed his plans to retire to the Argentine newspaper Diario Deportivo Ole after Argentina’s win. He said that Sunday’s game will be his last for the South American giants.
“I’m very happy to be able to do this, to end my World Cup journey by playing my last game in a final.”
“The next one is many years away, and I don’t think I’ll be able to make it. And to end this way is the best, “Messi said.
Messi has been amazing at this year’s FIFA World Cup. He has been named Player of the Match four times and has scored in five of the six games he has played so far.
In the first semifinal, against Croatia, he put on a show that broke many records. By being in the starting XI, he tied Lothar Matthaus, a former Germany midfielder, for the most World Cup games played (25). Then, when he scored the first goal for South America, he broke Gabriel Batistuta’s record for the most goals scored by an Argentine player in FIFA World Cup games.
Messi has scored 11 goals in 25 games so far. Messi not only set a new record for goals but also for assists. He is the first player in the history of the World Cup to score a goal and help set up another goal in the same game on four separate occasions. He has done this four times in the World Cup so far and once against Serbia in 2006.
Messi will play in the FIFA World Cup final for the second time in his career. This year, he is in Qatar for his “record-tying” fifth FIFA World Cup. In 2014, he also led Argentina to the final, but they had to settle for second place. But this year, he will try to help his country win its first World Cup title after 36 years of trying. Argentina will play the winner of the second semifinal between France and Morocco on December 18 in the final.