After a historic win at the 2022 Qatar World Cup, many football fans are wondering if Lionel Messi will retire anytime soon.
The World Cup final that took place on December 18, 2022, will probably go down in history as one of the greatest matches in sports history. Argentina was leading against France 2-0 before the 80-minute mark, but Kylian Mbappé scored two goals in under 10 minutes to tie the game. This resulted in a nail-biting overtime when both Argentina and France both scored a goal to leave the game at 3-3 and the teams had to go to penalty kicks. Argentina came out victorious 4-2. It marked Argentina’s third World Cup since 1986, though they made it to the finals in 2014.
With such a big win that defined his career, will Lionel Messi retire?
Will Lionel Messi retire after the World Cup?
Will Lionel Messi retire after the World Cup? The answer is: no. According to an interview with TyC Sports after the historic victory, Messi said, “I won the Copa America and the World Cup in a short time. I love what I do, being in the national team, and I want to continue living a few more games being world champion.”
“Obviously I wanted to close my career with this, I can’t ask for anything more,” he continued telling the outlet after his win. “Thank God he gave me everything. Almost finishing my career in this way is amazing. It’s crazy, we really wanted it but it is the most beautiful thing there is. Look at what it is, it’s beautiful. I wanted it so badly. God was going to give it to me … we suffered a lot but we made it. I can’t wait to be back in Argentina to see how crazy that is going to be.” Messi concluded, “It’s the dream of every little kid, I was lucky enough to have achieved everything and what I was missing is here.”
The “little boy from Rosario, Argentina” started out his career when he was very young. Having a passion for the sport since he was young, he went to Barcelona, Spain at the age of 13 to pursue his career and to attain treatment for his growth hormone deficiency. From there, he would have a fruitful career playing at Barcelona FC. He scored 672 goals in 778 games there, while also winning his first Ballon d’Or at age 22 and continued to do so for four years in a row. Messi was a long-term standout and champ, winning a record seven Ballon d’Ors.
In August 2021, Barcelona announced that the team could not offer a renewal due to being in debt and following years of overspending and the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the club said, “Despite having reached an agreement between Barça and Leo Messi and with the clear intention of both parties to sign a new contract today, it will not be possible to formalize due to economic and structural obstacles (Spanish LaLiga regulations)” Two days later, he signed with Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
Although the details of Messi’s story are already well known, The Art of Living examines afresh and anew his highs and lows, his successes and failures, his ongoing evolution and his endless struggle to succeed. It encourages us to consider, to analyze, and—above all—to think about Messi’s career from a different viewpoint, understanding how his journey can be related to our own lives on a meaningful and impactful level.
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