Lionel Messi confirms international future after World Cup glory with Argentina

Argentina star Lionel Messi has, late on Sunday, confirmed his plans at international level moving forward.

Messi, earlier this evening, of course realised a life-long dream.

After clawing their way to the finale of football’s most prestigious tournament, Argentina went head to head with reigning holders France, for the title of World Cup champions.

And, when all was said and done, on the back of a frankly chaotic 120 minutes, it was the Albiceleste who held their nerve, converting four spot-kicks to France’s two, to etch their names indellibly into football’s history books.

Amid the wild celebrations at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar on Sunday night, though, one source of concern nevertheless remained prevalent for all of an Argentina persuasion.

This came in the form of the burning question: Will Lionel Messi retire?

Many had pointed towards such a possibility becoming a reality this evening, tipping the world’s greatest player to go out on top, calling time on his journey in Albiceleste colours in the most spectacular fashion imaginable.

Speaking to the media post-match, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of his international future was put to Messi himself.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, though, quickly went on to quash any and all speculation, in confirming that:

“I’m not going to retire from the national team. I want to keep playing as world champions in the Argentina shirt.”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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