Lionel Messi aims to extend international career for 2024 Copa America
Lionel Messi, Argentina’s captain, reveals his intention to continue his international football journey at least until the 2024 Copa America in the United States, despite earlier uncertainties about his career’s future.
Argentina’s football captain, Lionel Messi, has shared his aspiration to continue his international football journey, at least until the upcoming 2024 Copa America in the United States.
Previously, the 36-year-old football icon had remained non-committal about his plans regarding his role in the Albiceleste, and he admitted in June that he was approaching the later stages of his illustrious career, according to reports from Xinhua.
Although Messi expresses his desire to continue playing in the short term, he believes the 2026 World Cup, to be held in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, is a distant prospect.
In a recent interview published on social media, Messi stated, “I still don’t think about it, it’s far away. I’m thinking about the Copa America, and I want to do well. And it will be right here in the United States. It’s going to be beautiful. We already had the centenary edition of the Copa America in 2016 here too. Although we lost the final to Chile, the journey was beautiful. After that, I’ll assess how I’m doing.”
Since joining Major League Soccer (MLS) club Inter Miami on a free transfer in July, Messi has made a significant impact, scoring 11 goals in 12 appearances. In August, he led the Florida club to victory in the Leagues Cup, securing their first-ever trophy, and has played a pivotal role in revitalizing the MLS team.
Upon his arrival, Inter Miami was at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference standings, but Messi’s presence has given the club a fighting chance to qualify for the playoffs.
During a comprehensive interview, the former Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star also expressed his interest in remaining connected to football after his playing career comes to an end.
“Football is a profession, and I am fortunate to work in a profession I love,” he stated. “I have responsibilities and objectives, but it’s still something I enjoy. As for what comes next, I’m uncertain. I would like to explore the role of a sports director, working with young talents and imparting knowledge.”