Sources indicate that Lionel Messi has no intentions of participating in the FIFA World Cup 2026

In a recent announcement, Lionel Messi declared that he will not be representing Argentina in the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This decision follows his move to Inter Miami and the confirmation of a significant deal. Messi affirmed that he has already played his final World Cup match and has no intentions of wearing the Argentina jersey in the upcoming 2026 tournament.

In December of last year, Messi led Argentina to victory, securing their third World Cup title. Despite the hopes of fans, teammates, and coach Lionel Scaloni for a change of heart, Messi confirmed his decision in an interview with a Chinese sports outlet, stating that he will not be participating in the next World Cup.

During the 2022 World Cup, Messi played a pivotal role in Argentina’s triumph, scoring seven goals and becoming the first player since 1986 to score in every round of the tournament. He was honored with the Golden Ball award for being the tournament’s best player, making him the first player in World Cup history to win the accolade twice.

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