Messi Expresses Doubt About Playing in Next World Cup

In an interview with Chinese media, Argentine football player Lionel Messi revealed his uncertainty about participating in the next World Cup, scheduled to be held in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026.

Messi stated, “I’ve already said it several times, I don’t think so. The previous World Cup (in Qatar last year) was my last. I’ll see how things go, but as of now, I don’t think I’ll be going to the next World Cup.” The 35-year-old forward, who won gold with Argentina in the last World Cup, shared his perspective on his future involvement in the prestigious tournament.

Currently in Beijing for a friendly match between Argentina and Australia, Messi’s presence has garnered significant attention. Tickets for the match sold out quickly, reaching prices as high as 620 euros.

Earlier in February, Messi expressed a similar sentiment about the 2026 World Cup, citing his age as a potential challenge. He expressed his love for playing football and his intention to continue as long as he remains physically fit and enjoys the sport. However, he considered the next World Cup to be a distant event.

Recently, Messi announced his departure from Paris Saint-Germain, where he played for the past two years. Reports suggest that he will be joining Inter Miami in the future.

While Messi’s statements suggest his hesitation about participating in the next World Cup, fans and football enthusiasts will continue to monitor his career closely to see how his plans may evolve in the coming years.

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