Argentina’s Lionel Messi declared on Sunday that he will continue to serve his country even after fulfilling his longtime goal of winning the World Cup.
I want to continue experiencing a few more matches as world champion, Messi, 35, said on Argentine television after Argentina’s stunning World Cup final victory against France on penalties.
However, once the Argentina captain won the one important international title that was missing from his collection, Messi accepted that his career was practically gone.
Prior to the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner shooting his penalty shot in the shootout, which Argentina won 4-2, Paris Saint-front Germain’s line scored two goals in the thrilling and chaotic final, which ended 3-3 after 120 minutes of tense action.
Naturally, I want to end my career on this high note; I couldn’t ask for anything more, said Messi.
These are my final years; my career is nearly finished.
And Messi stated he always felt his moment would come despite facing so many disappointments on the largest platform in football, including losing the 2014 World Cup final to Germany in Brazil.
It’s remarkable that it happened at the time it did, but it’s strange that it happened, he said.
Things’s astonishing that it could go this way. I had previously vowed to God that He would grant me this, and I’m not sure why, but I had a feeling it would happen now.
After Argentina lost a two-goal lead late in the game for the second time, a week after beating the Netherlands in the quarterfinals, Messi focused on the game.
Argentina led 2-0 at halftime and 3-2 in extra time, but Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick of goals—two in the final seconds of regulation and one in extra time—put Argentina on the back foot and forced penalties.
It was a very weird game, just like the last one against the Netherlands, and then when we were ahead in extra time, it occurred again, according to Messi.
But, he added, the World Cup trophy is “beautiful.”
Lionel Scaloni, Angel Di Maria, Argentina’s second goal scorer, and goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez all sobbed as they hugged their families and teammates after the victory.
Messi has made 172 appearances for Argentina and scored 98 goals since his debut in 2005.