Lionel Messi thinks he’s entering the “final chance saloon” in his bid to help Argentina “achieve the great dream” of winning the FIFA World Cup TM. The seven-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner is preparing for his sixth World Cup after making his debut in Germany in 2006. Messi has won the main club titles multiple times and has now tasted international glory as Argentina won the 2021 CONMEBOL Copa America.
The 35-year-old has come the closest to replicating famous countryman Diego Maradona, the architect of Argentina’s most recent worldwide success in 1986, with a defeat by Germany in the final in 2014, when Messi was named Golden Ball winner as the tournament’s finest player.
Lionel Messi Last Chance
Messi’s squad will kick off their 2022 campaign against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday. They have two more Group C games against Mexico and Poland. This is probably my last World Cup, my last chance to realize this wonderful dream,” said Messi, who has 12 goals in 20 games for PSG this season. It’s beautiful that many people outside of Argentina want us to win, and that it’s primarily because of me.” I’m grateful for the love I’ve received all over the world during my career, and this is yet another example.
“I’m not sure if we come well then at previous World Cups, but we just won [the Copa America], which decompresses us a lot. It forces us to operate in a different manner, free of concern about the national team and its outcomes, and to have fun. When photographs emerged of Messi working separately from Coach Lionel Scaloni’s players, it aroused fear in his birthplace. However, the attacker, who has 91 goals in 165 international outings, moved to alleviate concerns about his fitness.
I feel really well physically; I think I’m in a fantastic place, both personally and physically, and I don’t have any concerns,” Messi remarked. They claimed I trained differently.” It occurred due to a knock, but there is nothing unusual [going on]. It was only a precaution.”