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Messi says he won’t retire until he wins World Cup



Lionel Messi at 31

Barcelona superstar and Argentina captain Lionel Messi has vowed to win the World Cup before he retires from professional football.

Argentina are currently at the bottom of Group D of the 2018 fIFA World Cup, having picked up a draw against Iceland and a heavy defeat against Croatia in their first two games.

They face the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday in their quest to reach the knockout stage – and possibly emerge winners of the title.

31-year-old Messi, who celebrated his birthday on Sunday, was quoted in the Mirror as saying: “It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special – and for me too.

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“I’ve always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it.

“My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment. It would make millions of Argentine’s in the world happy.

“So we cannot give up on that dream.

“I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end. I would not like to retire from active football without being a world champion with my country.”

The game against the Super Eagles is a crucial one for Argentina. They face elimination if they lose.

And from Messi’s declaration, the world will then have another opportunity of watching the five-time Ballon d’Or winner at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.


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