According to reports, Lionel Messi has said that the 2022 FIFA World Cup championship game will be his final contest for Argentina. Argentina overcame Croatia 3-0 on Wednesday in the first semi-final, with goals from Messi, who also assisted on the third. With his five goals in the competition so far, Messi has surpassed Gabriel Batistuta’s ten to become Argentina’s all-time greatest scorer in World Cups. The 35-year-old has already scored 11 goals at the World Cup.
Messi allegedly told Argentine media site Diario Deportivo Ole, “I feel extremely thrilled to be able to do this, to complete my World Cup trip by playing my last game in a final.”
“The next one is many years away, and I doubt I’ll be able to complete it. And this is the finest way to end Messi added”. Messi urged his teammates to enjoy the event following the semifinal victory against Croatia. “Argentina is back in the World Cup final match. Embrace it!” Messi said.
“We have experienced both difficult and wonderful circumstances. We are witnessing something amazing right now.”
Julian Alvarez, a striker for Manchester City, scored twice to bring his tournament total of goals to four in as many games. Argentina was one of the tournament favorites when they traveled to Qatar, but after losing their opening group match 1-2 to underdog Saudi Arabia, questions began to surface. Before traveling to Doha, they had 36 games in which they had not lost.
The final, which will be held at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday, will now include the defending champions France.
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