Lionel Messi on Sunday insisted that he’s not retiring from worldwide soccer after guiding Argentina to the World Cup glory in Qatar.
“Clearly, I needed to finish my profession with this, (I) can’t ask for extra,” Messi mentioned. “Ending my profession this manner is spectacular. After this, what else? I’ve a Copa América, a World Cup. Virtually on the very finish.
“I really like soccer, what I do. I take pleasure in being a part of the nationwide crew, the group. I need to take pleasure in a few extra matches being a world champion.”
“It’s simply loopy that it turned a actuality this manner. I craved for this a lot. I knew God would deliver this reward to me, I had the sensation that this (World Cup) was the one,” Messi mentioned. “It took so lengthy, however right here it’s. We suffered lots, however we managed to do it.”
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An emotional Lionel Scaloni, Argentina’s coach, additionally held out the hope final night time that Messi could be within the aspect for the 2026 World Cup within the USA, Canada and Mexico.
“We have to save him for the subsequent World Cup – 2026. If he desires to maintain taking part in, he will likely be with us. He’s greater than entitled to determine what he desires to do along with his profession now,” mentioned Scaloni.
Scaloni additionally mentioned he wished Maradona, who died in 2020, had been current to witness the crew’s glory.
“We’re such a soccer passionate nation and if he have been right here, he would have loved it a lot. I want he was right here to take pleasure in this second,” he mentioned.