Lionel Messi inspired Argentina to their first World Cup victory since 1986 in an enthralling final vs France; the 35-year-old wants to carry on playing for Argentina; “I enjoy being in the national team, the group, I want to continue living a few more games being world champion,” he said
The captain of the Argentina national team, Lionel Messi does not want to retire from international football, saying he wants to continue playing as a world champion.
Messi scored twice for Argentina in Sunday’s thrilling World Cup final over France as the game ended 3-3 after extra-time, before converting in the penalty shoot-out which his side won 4-2 to claim the biggest prize in football.
Despite being 35, Messi wants to carry on playing for his country beyond this World Cup putting to bed any doubts that he might retire.
“I will not retire,” he said. “I want to continue playing as a World Cup champion.
“It’s the most beautiful thing there is,” Messi told TyC Sports. “Look what it is, it’s beautiful, I wanted it a lot. God was going to give it to me, I had a feeling that it was this, we suffered a lot, but we got it.
“Obviously I wanted to close my career with this, I can’t ask for anything anymore. Thank God he gave me everything. Closing almost my career like this, it’s impressive.
“After this, what will there be? I was able to get the Copa América, World Cup… It came to me almost at the end. I love football, what I do. I enjoy being in the national team, the group, I want to continue living a few more games being world champion.