When Argentina plays either France or Morocco in the World Cup final on Sunday in Qatar, Lionel Messi has declared he will play his farewell game.
Messi, who on Tuesday led Argentina to a 3-0 victory over Croatia in their semifinal, will receive his 172nd cap this weekend when he attempts to lead his nation to its first World Cup victory since 1986.
“I feel very happy, to be able to achieve this, to finish my World Cup journey by playing my last game in a final,” Messi told Argentine media outlet Diario Deportivo Ole.
“It’s many years for the next one and I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. And to finish like this, it’s the best,” added the Argentina captain.
The 35-year-old is participating in his fifth World Cup, surpassing Javier Mascherano and Diego Maradona’s four.
He also eclipsed Gabriel Batistuta, who had 11 goals for the Albiceleste at World Cups, with his fifth goal in Qatar.
“It’s all well and good (the records), but the important thing is to be able to achieve the group objective, which is the most beautiful thing of all,” Messi added. “We’re just one step away, after fighting hard, and we’re going to give everything to try to make it happen this time.”
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Later on Wednesday, France takes on Morocco in the other semifinal.
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