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Will Lionel Messi play in the 2026 World Cup? Argentine football legend says: “I will remain so as long as…” – Magazine Creations

Lionel Messi is not ruling out making another World Cup bid with Argentina in 2026, although he admits time is working against him.

Messi, who recently won his eighth Ballon d’Or, lifted the World Cup almost a year ago after impressing for Argentina in the final against France in Doha.

The 36-year-old suggested at the time that the tournament in Qatar would be his last and that he would not be present in the next tournament, which will be co-hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

But after moving to Inter Miami, a competitor in Major League Soccer, and continuing to perform with the national team in the 2026 qualifiers, he says the door is still open.

He added, “I’m not thinking about the World Cup and I’m not saying that I won’t be there because anything can happen. Because of my age, the most natural thing is that I won’t be there. Then we will do it.” “We will see,” Messi said in an interview with the Argentine star.

The Argentine captain said that his focus is on the Copa America tournament scheduled for next June in the United States.

He said about the opportunity to participate in the World Cup for the sixth time in a row, “Maybe we will perform well in the Copa America and everything will go well for us to continue. Maybe not. Realistically, it is difficult.”

Messi said he would be “the first to know when I can be there and when I can’t. I also know that I went to a lower league. But it’s all about the personal side of things and the way you deal with it.” Dealing with it and how it competes.

“As long as I feel good and can continue to contribute, I will do it. Today all I can think about is participating in the Copa America. After that, time will tell whether I am there or not. No.

“I’m getting to an age where I wouldn’t normally play in a World Cup. I said I didn’t think I’d be there. It seemed after the World Cup that I was. I retired and it was the opposite,” he added. Now I want to be there more than ever.”

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Updated: 02 December 2023, 10:11 AM IST

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