The 35-year-old attacker for Paris St. Germain has represented Argentina in four World Cups, making 19 games and tallying six goals and five assists.
After leading his nation to the Copa America triumph in 2021 and receiving runners-up gold in 2014, Messi’s impressive trophy case is just lacking the World Cup.
It’s my last World Cup, he remarked.
Messi said in a statement to ESPN: “I am keeping track of the days before the World Cup. Nervousness and anxiety are present at the same moment. Do you want to know what will happen, when it will happen, and how it will end?”
Messi made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has since made 164 appearances while scoring 90 goals.
He will beat the previous mark for an Argentina player, which he shared with Diego Maradona and Javier Mascherano, by qualifying for his fifth World Cup.
The Global Cup begins on November 20 and will include Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Poland. Argentina is currently placed third in the Fifa world rankings.
“Anything might happen during a World Cup. Each match is really challenging. Favorites don’t always come out on top, “said Messi.
“I don’t know whether we’re the favorites, but given its history, Argentina is always a contender. We are not the favorites, and right now even more so because of the situation we’re in. I believe there are teams out there that are superior than us.”