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Messi Contemplates Retirement Amidst Copa America Triumph

Posted : 10 July 2024

After securing Argentina's place in the Copa America final with a decisive goal against Canada, Lionel Messi hinted at the twilight of his international career. Following his 109th goal for Argentina, Messi remarked, "I am enjoying my last battles," sparking speculation about his future plans, including whether he will participate in the 2026 World Cup, where Argentina will defend their title.

 

Coach Lionel Scaloni reassured fans that Messi's future with the national team remains open-ended, stating, "He can stay with us as long as he wants, even after retirement. Let him decide what he wants." Messi's milestone goal not only secured their final berth but also propelled him to second place on the all-time international goalscorers list, trailing Cristiano Ronaldo by 21 goals.

 

Reflecting on Argentina's recent successes, Messi acknowledged the team's resilience after challenging years, crediting older teammates like Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi for their contributions. With the prospect of winning his third major title in a row—following the Copa America in 2021 and the World Cup in 2022—Messi emphasized the team's collective effort and determination amidst tough competition and challenging conditions in the tournament.

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