Lionel Messi’s last and best-ever FIFA World cup 2022

Lionel Messi’s last and best-ever FIFA World cup 2022

Lionel Messi has reportedly confirmed that the 2022 FIFA World Cup final will be his last match for Argentina. Messi scored from the penalty spot and set up the third goal as Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 in the first semi-final on Wednesday. With five goals in the competition so far, Messi is also Argentina’s top scorer at the World Cup, overtaking Gabriel Batistuta (10). The 35-year-old has scored his goals in his 11 World Cups to date.

“I’m very happy to have achieved this and to finish my World Cup journey by playing my last match in the final,” Messi told Argentinian media outlet Diario Deportivo Ole.

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“It’s going to be years before the next ending, and I don’t think it will work, and an ending like this is the best,” he added. After defeating Croatia in the semi-finals, Messi urged his teammates to “enjoy” the opportunity. “Argentina is in the World Cup final again. Enjoy!” said Messi. 

“We’ve been through some tough times, but we’ve also had some very good times. Today we’re going through something great.” Manchester City striker Julian Alvarez scored two goals, extending his appearances in the tournament to four.

Argentina arrived in Qatar as one of his favorites to win the tournament, but questions arose after he suffered a 2–1 loss in the first group match against outsiders Saudi Arabia. He was unbeaten in 36 matches before they arrived in Doha. The two-time champions will face Morocco or holders France in the final at Lusail Stadium on Sunday.

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