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International retirement soon for Lionel Messi? Argentina captain hints at ‘last battles’

International retirement soon for Lionel Messi? Argentina captain hints at ‘last battles’

Whether this is truly Lionel Messi's final international hurrah remains to be seen. Nevertheless, his leadership and on-field brilliance have cemented his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time.

Lionel Messi, Argentina’s iconic captain, has hinted at an impending international retirement after leading his team to another Copa America final. Argentina secured their place in the championship match with a convincing 2-0 victory over Canada on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi enjoying “Last Battles”

Following the win, Lionel Messi spoke to DSports Radio, acknowledging the twilight of his international career. “Yes, I am aware that these are the last battles,” he said. “I am enjoying them to the fullest.”

It’s not easy to be in a final again, we need to enjoy, enjoy every moment,” he added, emphasizing the importance of cherishing this potentially final stage.

Argentina dominant run ft Lionel Messi

This victory marks Argentina’s third consecutive major final appearance. They emerged victorious in the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 World Cup, solidifying their position as a dominant force in international football.

Lionel Messi himself opened his scoring account in this year’s Copa America with a goal in the semifinal. This strike not only propelled Argentina towards victory but also propelled him past Iranian legend Ali Daei to become the second-highest international goal scorer of all time, with only Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of him.

Potential record-breaking Copa America Final

Argentina will face the winner of Wednesday’s match between Uruguay and Colombia in the final on Sunday. A win would not only secure their second consecutive Copa America title but also etch their name in history as the team with the most Copa America titles (30).

Legacy set in stone for Lionel Messi

Whether this is truly Lionel Messi’s final international hurrah remains to be seen. Nevertheless, his leadership and on-field brilliance have cemented his place as one of the greatest footballers of all time. With a potential Copa America victory on the horizon, Messi’s international career looks set to conclude on a glorious high.

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