Argentine Football Boss Claudio Tapia Wants Messi to Play at Next FIFA World Cup

Argentine Football Association president Claudio Tapia has expressed his desire for Lionel Messi to continue playing for Argentina until the 2026 World Cup.

Argentine Football Boss Claudio Tapia Wants Messi to Play at Next FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi’s international career with Argentina could extend until the 2026 FIFA World Cup, according to the country’s top football official, Claudio Tapia.

Despite Messi previously ruling out the possibility of continuing his international career until the next World Cup, Tapia believes he could be convinced to change his stance.

Tapia made these remarks during a sports leaders summit in Buenos Aires, emphasizing Messi’s relentless pursuit of success. “He always aims for more. He never gives up and always surprises you. It’s something I’ve thought about. How could I not? I would like him to be there. In his current form, Messi can easily play at the 2026 World Cup.”

Lionel Messi, who led the Albiceleste to their third World Cup victory in Qatar last year, will be 39 years old when the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada, and Mexico concludes. Despite his age, Messi has shown no signs of decline. Since joining Inter Miami as a free agent in mid-July, the 36-year-old has scored 11 goals in as many matches and provided five assists.

His recent performances helped Inter Miami secure the Leagues Cup title last month, marking the club’s first trophy. Furthermore, Messi’s contributions have kept Inter Miami in contention for a spot in the Major League Soccer playoffs, despite their current position in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

Tapia believes that Messi deserves the autonomy to decide when he wishes to conclude his international career, stating, “It depends on him and what he wants. I see him playing in the next World Cup. He can really do it if he wants to.”

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