Messi will play in the 2026 World Cup

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni, who has just won the Qatar 2022 World Cup, said that team captain Lionel Messi (35) will play the next Cup in 2026 “if his physical condition allows him “.

In statements reported by the Argentine press, Scaloni spoke of the likelihood of seeing Messi in the final stages of the World Cup in 2026, which will be jointly hosted by the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Shortly before the 2022 World Cup, Messi had hinted that the Doha meeting was going to be the last in which he participated as a player.

“Having a player like Messi was, and obviously is, an advantage. Being his coach is just wonderful. I see how other players watch and follow him. He’s the best,” Scaloni said.

It is true that “participation in the next World Cup will be Leo’s decision. If his physical condition allows it. For me, he will be there, “he said of the chances of seeing La Pulga again in the final stages of a World Cup in 2026, when he will be 39 years old.

The Argentine football federation has yet to confirm Scaloni’s contract renewal with the national team due to differences between federation president Caludio Tapia and the world champion coach.

If his contract is renewed, he will have to lead the Argentinian team to defend his title in 2026.

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