Lionel Messi reveals he will NOT retire as Argentina captain drops hint he could defend World Cup in 2026, aged 39

WORLD CUP winner Lionel Messi has confirmed that he will not be retiring from international football.

The star was instrumental in Argentina’s third World Cup win as they overcame France in the final at the Lusail Stadium.

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There had been suggestions that the 35-year-old would retire from international football after the final, but he has shot those rumours down.

While being interviewed after the game, he told TyC Sports: “I am not retiring from the Argentina national team.

“I want to continue playing as a champion”.

Messi netted twice in the scintillating game as it went all the way to penalties which were decided by Gonzalo Montiel’s spot kick.

Despite leading 2-0 in the game, Argentina were pegged back after a brace from Kylian Mbappe.

The France star then cancelled out Messi’s extra-time goal with his second from the spot.

But it was meant to be Messi’s tournament who was also honoured as he was awarded the Golden Ball for being the best player of the tournament.

Mbappe did pip him to the Golden Boot, though as he netted eight goals in his seven games.


Messi’s next international tournament will be the Copa America in 2024.

Argentina will be aiming to retain the trophy after winning the competition in 2021.

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