After delivering a masterclass performance on Tuesday, where the 35-year-old Messi opened the scoring for his team against Croatia whilst assisting Julian Alvarez for one of his two goals, which led to a comfortable 3-0 victory, Messi is now slated to make his second World Cup final appearance on Saturday, having finished as a runner-up in 2014. However, while this would be a historic moment in his career, it would also be a bittersweet ending, as fans have speculated whether this would be the superstar’s final appearance on the Argentine roster.
When asked about the possibility of his retirement during an interview, Messi admitted that it would at the very least be his last appearance in World Cup competition. He stated, “I am very happy to finish my journey in the World Cup final, to play the last game in the final.” “That is really very gratifying,” Messi told reporters after the game. “Everything about this World Cup has been emotional for me, especially 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.”
The superstar went on to address his team’s efforts in ensuring that Argentina got their hands on the much-coveted trophy after 36 years of losses. “We are going to do our best, as we have done up until now, so that this time it really happens and we really win it,” he added. Being on the national team has been a great experience for me over the last few years. I am really enjoying everything that is happening to us. To win the Copa America, then go on to the World Cup undefeated in 36 games, and then finish in the final is incredible. I hope the people in Argentina enjoy themselves and what we are doing. They shouldn’t doubt that we are giving absolutely everything.