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Lionel Messi says final with Argentina will be his last World Cup game

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Argentina great Lionel Messi has reiterated that Sunday’s final will be his last appearance at a World Cup.

The 35-year-old was in inspired form as he helped the Albiceleste beat Croatia 3-0 in Tuesday’s semi-final with a goal from the penalty spot and a dazzling assist for Julian Alvarez. (opens in new tab)

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Lionel Messi put in another special performance to take Argentina within one win of their third World Cup (Image credit: GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s my last World Cup,” he said after the game.



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