After lifting his first World Cup trophy with Argentina in December, Lionel Messi said the tournament would be his last, but now it looks like he wouldn’t mind playing in the 2026 tournament.
It will be difficult to take part in 2026 because of his age, Messi, 35, told Diario Ole, Argentina’s sports newspaper. I love playing soccer, and as long as I feel I’m in good shape and enjoy it, I’m going to keep it up. It seems like a long time until the next World Cup, but it depends on how my career develops.
Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni would like to see the superstar, who is one of six players to have participated in five World Cups, at the next World Cup to be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
I think Messi could make it to the next World Cup, Scaloni told Spanish radio Calvia FM last month. It will depend a lot on his desire and what happens in time that he feels good about himself. The doors will always be open. He’s happy on the field, and for us (that) would be good.
With seven goals at the 2022 World Cup, Messi could become the all-time leading scorer if he takes the field in 2026. He has 13 goals under his belt, three fewer than record holder Miroslav Klose of Germany.