This Is Why Lionel Messi Boldly Thinks He Has “Completed Football”
- Lionel Messi is convinced he has "achieved everything" in football
- Messi had struggled to win silverware with Argentina but broke the jinx in 2021 when he guided La Albiceleste to Copa America glory
- He followed it up with a Finnalissima victory and most importantly the 2022 FIFA World Cup last year
Paris Saint-Germain superstar Lionel Messi admitted he has "achieved everything" in football after inspiring Argentina to World Cup success.
Messi finally laid his hands on the Mundial last December, scoring seven and contributing with three assists.
The 35-year-old Argentine genius also finished the tournament as the Most Valuable Player, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest footballers to ever graced the sport.
Following his accomplishment, Argentina's first World Cup since 1986, Messi rightfully believes he has completed football, per GOAL.
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"It's at the end of my career, closing a cycle. I achieved everything with the national team I always dreamed of," Messi told UrbanaPlay as quoted by Sportskeeda.
The multiple Ballon d'Or award winner gleefully added: "I got everything in my career, individually. It was about closing my career in a unique way.
"I never imagined that all this was going to happen to me when I started, and getting to this moment was the best.
Messi believes the World Cup arrived at the perfect moment to cap off his illustrious career, which has seen him win the Copa America and Finnalissima titles with La Albiceleste.
"I have no complaints and I can't ask for more. We won the Copa America [in 2021] and the World Cup, there's nothing left."
Messi tops Ballon d'Or ranking
Lionel Messi has been tipped as the overwhelming favourite to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or, according to the latest power rankings released for January.
The Argentina skipper, who won the 2022 World Cup, has been in sublime form for PSG as well, having scored 13 goals and contributed 14 assists in 21 appearances across all competitions.
Messi is ranked ahead of PSG teammates, Mbappe and Neymar, who are ranked second and fifth respectively in the latest power rankings for the coveted individual diadem, Sportskeeda reports.
Messi's left foot immortalized
Lionel Messi had his left foot immortalised in a golden cast on the back of winning his fourth Ballon d'Or prize a decade ago, Sports Brief earlier reported.
The Argentine genius became the first player to win the coveted prize four times and it was only befitting that his magic wand of a left leg was immortalised.
In a spellbinding footage, shared on social media, seen by Sports Brief, the Paris Saint-Germain forward was filmed in good spirits while his left foot got eternalised.
Source: Sports Brief News