Messi not leaving National Football Team: Lionel Andres Messi better known by his nickname, “Leo Messi” is an Argentine professional footballer who currently serves as captain of the Argentina national team and plays forward for Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain. He spent his entire professional career with Barcelona, leaving in 2021 and during that time won a club record 35 trophies (10 La Liga titles, 7 Copa del Rey titles, 4 UEFA Champions League titles and the 2021 Copa America and 2022 FIFA World Cup titles with his national team.
Messi, a prolific goalscorer and creative playmaker hold the records for most goals in La Liga, most goals in a La Liga and European league season, most hat-tricks in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and most assists in La Liga, a La Liga season and the Copa America. Additionally, he has scored more goals for his country than any other South American male in international competitions. In his senior career, Messi has scored over 750 goals for club and country. He also holds the record for the most goals scored in a season by a player for a single club.
Finally, Lionel Messi has won it all. As a result of Sunday’s penalty shootout victory over France, Argentina has been crowned champions of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Argentina prevailed 4-2 in penalty kicks after regulation and overtime ended in a 3-3 tie. Messi scored twice including what appeared to be the game-winning goal in the 108th minute.
LIONEL MESSI HAS COMPLETED FOOTBALL 🐐 pic.twitter.com/IvDeNtckee
— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 18, 2022
In spite of this, Kylian Mbappe scored a penalty kick goal in the 118th minute to complete the hat trick. As of the 81st minute, Mbappe had already tied the game with two goals in as many minutes. The game was decided on penalty kicks with the deciding factor being a save by Argentine goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez in the second round and a miss by Aurelien Tchouameni in the third round.
Messi won his first World Cup with the victory and is likely to retire on top after this tournament, as he has said this will be his last. This is a complete account of what went down in Sunday’s showdown.
Messi Not Leaving National Football Team
In a statement, Lionel Messi said, ” I am not Retiring From The National Team. I Want To Continue Playing As a Champion”. Following his hat trick, France’s Kylian Mbappe scored the first penalty in the shootout making Emi Martinez of Argentina look foolish for the fourth time in the World Cup final. So Lionel Messi stepped up to take the first penalty for Argentina.
Following conventional wisdom, your best penalty takers should be saved for last or at the very least, when you’re on the verge of elimination. However, neither the final nor the entire World Cup followed the norm or common sense. Messi stopped for a second, hands on hips then ran up and pushed the ball in one direction and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in the other.
LIONEL MESSI FINALLY GETS HIS WORLD CUP! 🐐🏆 pic.twitter.com/wVAl6C3xcb
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 18, 2022
It was even at one point each and he could do nothing about it now. Furthermore, perhaps there was a great deal of freedom in that. There was nothing else he could have done to boost Argentina’s chances of winning the World Cup and in the eyes of some, further solidify his case as a candidate for the greatest player of all time. He did nothing other than cheer on his team and act as captain, supporting each of the players who took penalties for Argentina with a warm embrace and a high five.
Moments later, Argentina would win the World Cup after Gonzalo Montiel scored on a penalty kick to make the score 4-2 in their favor. He must have thought, “I can’t do anymore” after Messi’s penalty kick. The fact that he never won a World Cup until one Sunday night in Qatar (a day we’ll have to explain to our grandchildren) is reflected in this.
It’s a ridiculous way to keep score in a team sport and an arbitrary measurement in a team game. Unfortunately, most people are either too young for their first chance or too old for their last. When the big game finally comes around, there’s no telling if you’ll be ready to play. Moreover, unlike in club football, you have no say in who plays alongside you on the field because your nationality is determined at birth. Even though he played in several World Cups, Alfredo Di Stefano never managed to take home the trophy. Johan Cruyff didn’t either. Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t either.
Lionel Messi of Argentina finally gets his just desserts with a World Cup victory
Sometimes a game will begin to exhibit human-like behaviors and start to defy categorization. It will bewilder and baffle, stun and agitate, swerve and swerve back almost cackling as it does so. It will take off into the ether, unusually alert and perhaps even giddy with the joy of its own whimsy. Then every once in a while, it’ll pull a trick the rest of the world can’t: it’ll go ahead and prove immediately deathless. Like it did during Sunday night’s World Cup final between Argentina and France in the outlandish din of Lusail Stadium.
There it goes as the roughly one billion viewers start the difficult task of figuring out how Argentina led by the 35-year-old global hero Lionel Messi defeated France led by the 23-year-old global hero Kylian Mbappe 4-2 on penalty kicks after an unbelievable 3-3 draw. They can try to recall the roller coaster ride this event took them on, from 2-0 Argentina after 79 minutes to 2-2 after 90 minutes to 3-2 after 108 minutes to 3-3 after 120 minutes to the penalties.
The #FIFAWorldCup Champions club has a glorious new entrant 🇦🇷
🏆 Lionel Messi's Argentina! pic.twitter.com/pZxZYRs8O3
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) December 19, 2022
People will never stop reminiscing about the night when Argentine manager Lionel Scaloni said, “The match was completely insane” and French manager Didier Deschamps said, “We managed to come back from the dead“. The next men’s World Cup is scheduled to begin in the United States, Mexico and Canada in June 2026. After this one, which took place in a tiny country the size of a thumb that one will take place in a massive arena, but what about the championship game in 2022?
The near-dynasty of France, which has a fine slew of young stars, will likely steal the show at that event, but how about that 2022 championship game? A third consecutive World Cup victory for France would have been unprecedented and they came so close in 2022 and 2026. Those who wish it hadn’t happened here with its controversial mix of allure and misgiving.
Just as the final curtain was about to fall on Messi’s quest for greatness over the course of five World Cups, he won the trophy. They can reminisce about how Mbappe made this World Cup final one of those rare events where the loser is praised as much as the winner, how he became the first man to score three goals in a World Cup final since England’s Geoff Hurst in 1966 and how his tying goal in the 81st minute might rate as the most memorable moment in this onslaught of astonishment.
Messi Vs Maradona Debate
It’s safe to say that the Lionel Messi vs. Diego Maradona discussion will never be settled by cold, hard logic. It has resurfaced just in time for Sunday’s 2022 World Cup final with Messi needing to jump a hurdle that Maradona famously overcame in 1986. And if this were a reasonable debate, the current framing would be: Messi can end it with a win over France, since a World Cup title is the only thing Maradona has that Messi doesn’t.
The parallels break down into near-hilarity in every other department. Messi has the potential to end his career with four times as many trophies as Maradona and three times as many goals. Some of the gaps can be attributed to differences in time and opportunity, but Messi has managed to emulate Maradona’s brief peak and maintain it for a staggering 15 years. His status is unparalleled.
— Connor Kalopsis (@ConnorKalopsis) December 13, 2022
Even so, there are some supporters, especially among the more seasoned Argentines, who insist that Messi will never be able to live up to the standards set by their original soccer God. The debate has never been about what each player has done, but rather about who Maradona was and who Messi is.
Maradona was a product of Argentina’s squalor, a slum kid who escaped to the heights of fame and fortune. Though millions of Argentines could relate to his struggles with drug addiction and other flaws, they still supported him and saw him as a hero. When he finally did it, he led his country to a momentary World Cup victory and his people worshipped him for it.
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