After a legendary World Cup performance, Lionel Messi cemented his place as one of football’s most incredible sons. His stellar play against PSG teammate and France superstar Kylian Mbappe at the Lusail Stadium will be talked about for years to come.
OKBET fans who religiously followed LA Albiceleste knew that the Argentine legend was supposed to end his international career with the World Cup final. His decision was supposed to be final, regardless of whether he lifted the Jules Rimet trophy.
However, the euphoria brought by finally reaching his goal was the likely push he needed to keep on wearing the Argentina shirt.
The PSG forward said he wants to experience wearing the Argentina shirt as a World Cup champion. He ceded that the team’s triumph over France would have been a perfect bookend to a stellar international career.
However, the delight of finally winning the most important trophy in world football made him realize that he still has a passion for playing for his national team.
Many wonder whether Messi staying on for the national team will translate to a World Cup appearance. The Argentine legend will be 39 by the time the 2026 tournament happens in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni made it clear that the hero from Rosario will have a spot in his 2026 squad. He gave the assurance that he’ll be a part of the team as long as he wanted to be there.
The possibility of seeing Messi in 2026 is high with how things are going.
Lionel Messi Completes Historic Player of the Match Feat
Lionel Messi finally winning the last championship missing from his trophy case invigorated his passion for the Albiceleste. However, it’s also evident that the 35-year-old was one of the best players throughout the tournament.
He is the first to win five Player of the Match honors in a single World Cup. His mercurial performance was the key to Argentina finally winning the World Cup since Diego Maradona carried them in 1986.
La Pulga’s form in Qatar was spectacular. He netted seven goals, only one goal behind Mbappe for the Golden Boot. Opposing teams could barely contain him, as he had the most shot attempts per game at 4.6. His 8.25 player rating through seven appearances was also the tournament’s highest.
It was clear that he would get the Golden Ball after the dust settled. And fans can expect more Messi magic now that he officially extended his Argentina career.