Lionel Messi confirms 2022 final will be his last World Cup match

Lionel Messi announced some huge news on Tuesday evening.

Argentina faced off with Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup, with the winner set to meet France or Morocco on Sunday.

Croatia headed into the game having already toppled one South American giant this winter in the form of Brazil.

However, the 2018 finalists had no such look vs Argentina. A brace from Julian Alvarez and a goal and assist from Lionel Messi saw Argentina run out 3-0 winners on the day.

Messi also became Argentina’s top scorer at World Cups and the first player to score and assist in three separate World Cup games at the same tournament.

They now face France or Morocco in the final, which will also be Messi’s final World Cup game:

“Very happy to be able to achieve this. Ending my World Cup journey by playing my last match in a final. Everything I experienced in this World Cup is something very exciting, what people experienced, how people in Argentina are enjoying it.”

On Sunday being his last World Cup game, Messi added: “Yes, surely yes. There are many years for the next one and I don’t think it will give me. And ending like this is the best.”

On the aforementioned records he broke on Tuesday, Messi continued: “All of that is fine, but the important thing is to be able to achieve the group objective, which is the most beautiful of all. We are one step away after fighting a lot and we are going to try to do our best as up to now, to try to make it happen this time.”

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Josh Barker

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