Lionel Messi leaves door open to playing for Argentina in World Cup 2026

Lionel Messi has expressed his interest in playing in the 2026 World Cup, despite previously stating that he would be retiring from international football after the 2022 tournament. The tournament will be hosted across the United States, Mexico, and Canada and Messi will be 38 years old when it begins, turning 39 during the event.

Messi’s teammate Alexis Mac Allister has revealed that the Argentina squad has encouraged him to remain with the team for the 2026 World Cup. In an interview with InfoBae, Messi shared that he is yet to make a final decision on his participation in the tournament, stating that it will depend on how he feels physically and whether he believes he can contribute at a high level.

Despite his incredible performance in the 2022 World Cup final, where Argentina defeated France to win their first title since 1986, Messi has admitted that he has never watched the final match. He explained that he feels “embarrassed” watching his own matches and prefers to keep his memories of the games in his mind rather than revisiting them through videos.

Since making his debut for Argentina in 2005, Messi has scored 106 goals in 180 international appearances. The soccer superstar continues to impress on the field and whether or not he will play in the 2026 World Cup will depend on various factors including his physical condition and performance level as the tournament approaches.

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