Lionel Messi makes his feelings clear on 2026 World Cup

Nearly eighteen months after winning the biggest trophy in sports, Lionel Messi has revealed something unexpected regarding the 2022 World Cup final.

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On the evening of December 18, 2022, the 36-year-old was ultimately proclaimed a world champion when Argentina defeated France in an exciting penalty shootout.

Messi became the ninth player in history to win the World Cup, Champions League, and Ballon d’Or after scoring two goals against Didier Deschamps’ team.

In addition, he created history by being the first player to win Player of the Tournament twice at the World Cup.

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Even though Messi completed the riddle on that unforgettable night in Doha, he has no desire to rewatch it.

Speaking to Argentine TV channel Infobae ahead of this month’s Copa America opener, the eight-time Ballon d’Or said: “I haven’t watched the World Cup Final back yet.”

Fans responded to Messi’s refusal to rule out representing Argentina in the 2026 World Cup, which will be jointly hosted by 16 cities in three North American countries—Canada, Mexico, and the United States—on social media.

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“It depends on how I feel, how I am physically, and being realistic with myself,” he said.

“There’s still a lot of time left… in quotes, ‘a lot and a little,’ because it goes by quickly, but there is still some time and I don’t know how I will be at that moment. Age is also a reality that is there, even though it’s just a number.”

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Messi added: “The matches I will play now aren’t the same as those I played when I was in Europe competing every three days, either in the Champions League or in the league, whether in France or Spain.

“But it depends on how I feel and what I feel being alongside my teammates, and seeing if I am still up to the level or not… let’s see.”

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