Lionel Messi says he looks to continue playing as a champion. Scaloni says that Messi can keep playing as he is more than entitled to decide his career.
Moments later, France was defeated 4-2 on penalties. Argentine football fans are pretty much content with the fact that their star attacker, Lionel Messi, could get his hands on the FIFA World Cup trophy before bidding bye to the tournament forever.
However, reports say that the World Cup’s final lap is not the end of his career. Messi has expressed his willingness to continue playing a couple of games as a champion in his last years of the sport. In other words, fans will get more glimpses of Messi on the field.
When it comes to the FIFA World Cup 2022, Messi has confirmed that he wants to end his world cup career on a positive note. He already has Copa America, and adding the World Cup to his name adds a cherry on top of the cake.
I want to enjoy a couple of more matches being a world champion, says Messi.
Rightly so, he loves the sport, and Scaloni believes that Messi is more than entitled to take a call on his career. Being a part of the Argentine football team is also very special to him. This raises the question of the emotional impact he is actually going to have on the world when he announces his retirement.
Scaloni says that Messi can be with the team, and he is more than entitled to decide how long he wants to stay. It is a pleasure to coach him, notes Scaloni, who has appreciated Messi for transmitting positive vibes to the team.
The tally for Messi stands at 7 goals, falling short by just a single goal for the Golden Boot. Mbappe takes that title home with a total of 8 goals, 3 of which came in the final event of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Messi scored an opener through a penalty, and so did Mbappe. The difference is that Messi was still involved in Maria’s second goal, whereas Mbappe finished his run for an equalizer.
Messi struck back in the extra time with an important goal for a lead before Mbappe equalized the scoreboard again.
Argentina scored all four of its first penalty kicks in the shootout. Coman and Tchouameni missed their attempts after Martinez’s offensive rebound, leaving France with only two of the four available shots. Lloris was outstanding throughout the entire tournament. After 36 years, Martinez’s composure brought the trophy home.
Messi scored a goal in every round of the tournament, scripting his best performance by delivering points in the knockout stages.
It is still unclear how long Messi will play the sport. He did state this would be his last FIFA World Cup edition. No matter what his decision is, Argentine football fans will keep surrounding him with love.