Lionel Messi has confirmed that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar shall be his remaining look within the competitors at 35 years of age, however he has no clear plans about his post-playing profession.
Messi has by no means received the World Cup throughout his profession, going closest in 2014 when Argentina reached the ultimate and misplaced in extra-time towards Germany. However he lastly ended his worldwide trophy drought in 2021 when La Albiceleste triumphed within the Copa America.
Talking to journalist Sebastian Vignolo, the PSG star insisted Qatar would ‘absolutely’ be his remaining worldwide event earlier than outlining tentative potentialities as soon as he finally hangs up these storied boots for good.
“I am counting down the times till the World Cup,” he mentioned. “The reality is, there’s somewhat anxiousness, saying: ‘Nicely, we’re right here, what is going on to occur? It is my final one, how’s it going to go?’. On one hand, I am unable to look forward to it to reach however I am additionally determined for it to go nicely.”
Maybe probably the most shocking admission is that the previous Barcelona participant has little interest in taking on teaching as soon as his enjoying days are completed – as a substitute stating that he finds the concept of operating a workforce behind the scenes extra interesting.
“I don’t actually intend to be a coach,” Messi mentioned. “However Zidane mentioned precisely that and after that, he grew to become a coach and received the Champions League 3 times. I wish to be the sporting director of a membership, to construct a workforce, to accompany the coaches, however I’m unsure about that.”
Presently with PSG, Messi has been closely linked with a return to former membership Barcelona. One of many choices might see him take an off-field position at Camp Nou in time, though the Catalans are on the lookout for methods to re-sign him on a enjoying contract.
Discussing his legacy, Messi additionally defined that he by no means got down to change into the very best participant in historical past.
“I feel I’m simply one other participant,” he modestly mentioned. “On the pitch, we’re all the identical and when the sport begins I at all times attempt to enhance myself. My intention is that once I retire, I shall be remembered for being a great individual, not as a great participant.”