Lionel Messi of Argentina celebrates with teammate Alexis Mac Allister after scoring his team's third goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 final between Argentina and France on 18 December, 2022 at the Lusail Iconic Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.

Argentina want Lionel Messi to play for country at next World Cup, says teammate

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Lionel Messi’s Argentina teammates want him to play at the next World Cup, says Alexis Mac Allister.

Mac Allister starred alongside captain Messi as Argentina went all the way at Qatar 2022, defeating France on penalties in the final to become world champions for the third time.

That tournament was set to be Messi’s last World Cup – and after finally getting his hands on the trophy at the fifth time of trying, no one would be surprised if it held true – but the eight-time Ballon d’Or winner’s Albiceleste colleagues don’t want that.

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Discussing the possibility of Messi performing a U-turn over his international future, the Brighton midfielder said (opens in new tab):

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