FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the last World Cup for many players, including Argentina legend Lionel Messi, the charismatic forward confirmed his decision on Thursday.
New Delhi: The entire world is eyeing the biggest sporting event on the planet, the FIFA World Cup, which is set to kick off on November 20 and conclude on December 18 in Qatar. This would be the last World Cup for many players, including Argentina legend Lionel Messi. The charismatic forward confirmed his decision on Thursday.
The Argentina captain cleared the air that football fans don’t like to hear. “If it is my last World Cup? Yes, surely yes, surely yes,” Messi told Star+.
Messi was once compared with none other than Diego Maradona. But he failed to produce the same sort of performance in the international arena, especially in the World Cup, like Maradona. He has done a lot for Argentina football, producing some remarkable performances in patches, but his inconsistency on the field never made him one of the greats in football.
Messi has the last chance to win the World Cup for his team and end his career on a high note as Argentina won the last Copa America under his leadership, defeating arch-rival Brazil 1-0 in the final in 2021.
Currently, Messi has been counting down the days for the World Cup. The truth is, there is a little anxiety about wanting it to be now and the nerves of saying, “Well, we’re here, what’s going to happen, it’s the last one, how is it going to go, and yes, on the one hand, we can’t wait for it to arrive, and on the other, we want it to go away fine.”
Messi has fallen short of the high standards set by other football legends such as Pele, Maradona, Zidane, Beckanbauer, and others. The sublime Argentine skipper has been able to score a mere six goals in his 19 matches in four World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018). Messi has scored at the rate of 0.32 goals per game in the World Cup, which is miserable for a legend like him. Otherwise, his scoring rate is 0.53 goals per game in his international outings for his country.
Messi has the last chance to prove his critics wrong and shut the mouth of his opponents, who claim that he is a great club player. In fact, he is capable of performing at the highest level, and if he does so in Qatar, then Argentina can hope to win its third World Cup under the captaincy of Messi. But every game is replete with uncertainty, so anything could happen in the upcoming 2022 football World Cup.