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Lionel Messi says the final will be Argentina’s last World Cup game.

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Argentina captain Lionel Messi says Sunday’s final will be the last World Cup game of his career. The 35-year-old striker has scored his five goals in Qatar 2022 and on Tuesday he scored two more in the semi-final win over Croatia 3-0. In his fifth World Cup, Messi has never won the game’s biggest prize. “I am very happy to finish my journey at the World Championships in the final and play my last match in the final. “Everything I’ve been through at this World Cup has been inspiring, seeing how much fun I had in Argentina.

“It took years from this year to the next year. The 2026 World Cup will be held in the USA, Canada, and Mexico. Messi has won the Ballon d’Or seven times and was named FIFA’s best player once. Other accolades include four Champions League titles, 11 top titles, and the 2021 Copa America title with Argentina. The World Cup is the only clear gap after Argentina’s defeat to Germany in 2014 final in Brazil.

Messi, who plays for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, has appeared in five World Cups alongside Germany’s Lothar Matthäus, Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Mexico’s Antonio Carvajal, Andres Guardado, and Rafael Marquez. One of only six men. Messi, who now leads the race for Qatar’s Golden Boot alongside Frenchman Kylian Mbappe, became the first Argentinian player to score in four World Cups, a World Cup record with 11 goals. He also became a successful goalscorer. He made his debut for Argentina in 2005 at the age of 18 and scored 97 goals in 172 appearances.

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