Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said that he has no plans to play in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. The upcoming World Cup is being jointly organized in North America, USA, Canada and Mexico.
Messi said in a conversation with Chinese sports media Titan Sports on Tuesday that he has no plans to play in the next World Cup. I don’t think so. This is my last World Cup,” he said when asked about playing in the 2026 World Cup. “I’ll see how it goes, but at the moment I don’t want to go to another World Cup.”
After the contract with the French club Paris Saint-Germain PSG is over, this former star of Barcelona is sure to go to the American club Inter Miami. In the World Cup held in Qatar last December, Messi won Argentina’s first World Cup title since 1986 with a great performance.
Messi, who has played in the World Cup consecutively since 2006, won the World Cup in the fifth attempt. In the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Argentina also reached the final, but lost to Germany and became the runner-up. Similarly, Messi also praised former coach Pep Guardiola, who won Manchester City the treble with the Champions League title for the first time. He also called Pep the best coach in the world.
Messi’s Argentina, currently in China, will play a friendly match against Australia in Beijing on Thursday. After that, Argentina will play against Indonesia in Jakarta on June 19.