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Lionel Messi leaves door open to play in FIFA 2026 World Cup

Lionel Messi has admitted that he would like to play in the 2026 World Cup to bid another glory for the Argentine national team, in sports news football.

The former Barcelona legend has outlined that he would like to play in the 2026 World Cup, which is set to be hosted in the United States and Mexico. However, he has also said that he will first focus on the Copa America.

“Today the only thing I think about is getting to the Copa America well and being able to compete in it. Fighting it again like we always did, trying to be champions. Then time will tell if I’m there [at the World Cup] or not,” said Messi via ESPN.

Lionel Messi focused on Copa America title defence

“I’m going to arrive at an age [39 years old] that I normally wouldn’t be able to play in the World Cup. I said that I don’t think I’m going to be there. It seemed that after the World Cup I was retiring and quite the opposite. Now I want to be there more than ever.

I’m not thinking about the World Cup, and I’m not saying 100 percent that I won’t be there because anything can happen. Given my age, the most normal thing is that I won’t be there. Then we’ll see to what extent. Maybe we do well in the Copa America, and it happens. everything so that we continue. Maybe not. Being realistic it is difficult.”

The 36-year-old won the World Cup with Argentina last year on penalties after beating France in a dramatic final which ended 3-3 after extra-time.

After missing out on the playoffs with Inter Miami Messi will enjoy his time away from football. The next MLS season will start in February, and the next international break will be in March.

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