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Messi confirms that Sunday’s final in Qatar will be his last game in a World Cup

(CNN) — Argentina captain Lionel Messi has confirmed that Sunday’s final against France or Morocco will be his last game in a World Cup, according to Argentine outlet Diario Deportivo Olé.

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his penalty against the Netherlands in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semifinal. (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his penalty against the Netherlands in the Qatar 2022 World Cup semifinal. (Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Messi is hoping to win the first World Cup for Argentina since 1986 after leading the team to a 3-0 semifinal victory against Croatia on Tuesday.

“Very happy to be able to achieve this. Ending my World Cup journey by playing my last game in a final,” Messi told the publication.

“There are many years for the next one (World Cup) and I don’t think it will give me. And to finish like this, it’s the best”, added the 35-year-old.

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Messi plays his fifth World Cup, surpassing the four of the also Argentines Diego Maradona and Javier Mascherano.

The 2026 World Cup will be held in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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