Lionel Messi has confirmed that the final of the 2022 World Cup will be the last World Cup match of his career.
Messi helped Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in last night semi-final game and will face the winner between France and Morocco on Sunday to win the World Cup.
The 35-year-old became the joint top scorer of this World Cup (5) and the outright top scorer for Argentina in a World Cup, surpassing Gabriel Batistuta. He confirmed that the final will be his last ever appearance at the World Cup.
“I am very happy for finishing my journey in World Cups in a final, to play the last game in a final. That is really very gratifying,” he said, as per the BBC.
“Everything I lived in this World Cup has been emotional, seeing how much it has been enjoyed in Argentina.
“There are a lot of years from this year to the next one. I don’t think I will be able to do that. To finish this way is brilliant.”
Messi captained his side to win a Copa America title in 2021 and wil surpass Lothar Matthaus for the most ever World Cup appearance (26) on Sunday.
The Argentine skipper will hope that his side doesn’t fall short as they did in 2014 against Germany.
“We are going to do our best, as we have done up until now, so that this time it really happens – we really win it,” Messi said.
“I have been enjoying it the past few years, being with the national side. I am really enjoying everything that is happening to us.
“To get the Copa America, to reach the World Cup with 36 games unbeaten, and to finish all that trajectory in a final is just incredible.
“I hope the people in Argentina enjoy themselves and what we are doing. They shouldn’t doubt we are giving absolutely everything.”