Many football fans who don’t have a horse in the race when the ball gets rolling at the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be rooting for the Argentina national team and Lionel Messi.
At 35, many assumed this will Messi’s last World Cup, but now the Paris Saint-Germain star made it official that after the tournament, he intends to say goodbye the international football.
In an interview with ESPN Argentina, the veteran forward made it known that this is his last dance. Still, despite the overwhelming support of Argentina and Messi, he doesn’t believe the South American nation is the favorite to win the competition.
“It will be my last World Cup, that’s for sure. The decision has been made,” Messi said. “I don’t know if we are the favorites, but Argentina is still a candidate given her history and what she stands for. But we are not the ultimate favorites. There are other selections above us.”
Argentina is coming off winning the 2021 Copa América and is on an unbeaten streak, so they head into the tournament as one of the favorites to come away with the trophy.
Messi has his last dance coming up in late November, and it will be interesting to see if the Argentine can seal a storybook ending to his international career when the ball gets rolling in Qatar.