Lionel Messi has intensified his excitement after Argentina’s victory over France by dancing with the World Cup in the dressing room with his teammates.
Argentina won their third World Cup since 1986, defeating France on penalties 4-2 at Lusail Stadium, and Messi confirmed that he has no plans to retire from international football just yet.
All eyes were on the 35-year-old going into the tournament, as it was his the last chance to win the one trophy that had eluded him throughout his exceptional playing career.
Many predicted that regardless of the outcome, Messi’s final game in the blue and white striped shirt of Argentina would be at the 2022 World Cup.
But, after putting in a Player of the Match display to inspire Argentina to a win over France on penalties, Messi spoke to TyC sports after the match, discussing his future: “No, I’m not going to retire from the Argentina national team.
“I want to continue playing as a champion,” he added, confirming that he would not be bowing out of international football despite the speculation.
While Messi is unlikely to play in another World Cup, La Albiceleste will now focus on retaining the Copa America in 2024, which they will hope Messi can be present for after proving key to their success in the tournament last year.
Messi’s future has long been speculated about, both internationally and at club level. He is out of contract with Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the current season, but he has a one-year extension option.
His two goals against France made him the first male player in World Cup history to score in the Group stage, Round of 16, Quarterfinal, Semifinal, and Final.
He is also the first player to win World Cup player of the tournament twice in 2014 and 2022.
However, Messi was seen dancing happily with his team mates in a dressing room after his outstanding performance against the French side.
Football fans around the world were overjoyed to see the talented player lift the ultimate trophy and prove his critics wrong since started playing for the La Albiceleste side on a top-flight level.