Lionel Messi has confirmed he will play his last FIFA World Cup game when Argentina takes on either France or Morocco in the final coming Sunday, December 18, in Qatar.
The Argentine Footballer noted that Qatar 2022 is “his last World Cup” after his performance helped Argentina beat Croatia 3-0 to reach Sunday’s final.
“I feel very happy, to be able to achieve this, to finish my World Cup journey by playing my last game in a final. It’s many years for the next one and I don’t think I’ll be able to do it. And to finish like this, it’s the best.”
Messi is playing at his fifth World Cup and was a key figure of the team that qualified for the final in 2014, which they lost 1-0 to Germany after extra time.
The high standard of his performances have led to speculation that he could attempt to star at a sixth World Cup in 2026. However, speaking after Argentina’s win over Croatia, Messi disclosed that he expected the current tournament in Qatar to be his last.