FIFA World Cup 2018 did not allow fans to see the magic of Argentine captain and superstar player Lionel Messi. Messi remained on the field for 756 minutes in this FIFA World Cup, but failed to perform some special game. After losing 4-3 against France, it is being speculated that Argentina’s captain Lionel Messi can finally declare retirement from football?
Indeed, France defeated Argentina 4-3 to make it to the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 yesterday. Along with this, Lionel Messi suffered tremendous disappointment in his fourth FIFA World Cup.
Perhaps this may be the end of his international career with this disappointment. However, against Nigeria, he scored his only goal of the 21st edition of World Cup and brought the team to the last 16.
Messi played his part in helping the two goals in the final 16, but Argentina’s defense failed to face the invasion of France.
In relation to playing international football after the FIFA World Cup, Messi had said before leaving for Russia, “It depends on how we perform, how it ends.”
It is worth mentioning that it is the worst performance of Argentina team in the four FIFA World Cup campaign of Messi. Messi, the 31-year-old footballer, was expected to win FIFA World Cup this time and would reach to the status of Diego Maradona in his country.
Lionel Messi and his International Career:
Messi, who performed best at the club level on behalf of Barcelona, is underestimated in Argentina compared to Maradona. Its main reason is the record of both at the international level.
After losing to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final in Brazil, Argentina had to face defeat against Chile in the Copa America Cup 2015 and in Copa America Centenario 2016 final.
Messi had missed the penalty kick in Copa America Centenario 2016 final and after that he had decided to take retirement from the international football, but later changed this decision.