Argentina goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has urged Argentina captain Lionel Messi not to retire from international duties after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Aston Villa goalkeeper wants Messi to lead them in the 2026 World Cup. Martinez still believes that Lionel Messi is still strong and agile and can play until he is 50 years old.
Martinez helped Messi win the Copa America after making three saves in the semi-finals against Colombia and stopping Neymar and the Brazilian from scoring in the finals.
The goalkeeper liked the first image he took with Lionel Messi during his international duty. He told the press that he has a frame of Lionel Messi pictures in his house.
Martinez claimed that people in their country respect Messi more than the President of Argentina. In addition, Messi has no ego and is the nicest guy in the team.
Apart from Martinez, who hopes Messi doesn’t end his international career after the World Cup, Christian Romero is another player from Argentina who doesn’t want Messi to retire.
The Tottenham defender is happy with the fact that Messi is still in the squad.
Lionel Messi has played a key role in the success of the Argentine team. Lionel Messi made things look easy for the Argentina side. Messi’s left foot is small but strong.
The creative midfielder already has five goals and three assists; in addition, he is more likely to win the trophy, golden boot, and golden ball at the end of the tournament.
With this tournament being the last one of his career, the PSG star is ready to do everything possible to win the World Cup for the first time in history and to emulate the record of the deceased Diego Maradona.
Messi has won all the trophies available in his career, but the World Cup remains the only trophy missing from his cabinet.
Martinez chooses Messi ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo Ahead of the GOAT Debate
Martinez told the interviewer that for him, Messi is the greatest player of all time. He claimed the PSG star is a “born magician” and an excellent player.
However, some football fans don’t agree with the above notion. They insisted that winning the FIFA World Cup doesn’t make you the greatest of all time.
Pele won three World Cups, Ronaldo won two, and Cafu won two, but they are not considered in the GOAT debate.
However, this is Lionel Messi’s best season, and he is likely to win the Ballon d’Or next season due to his contribution to both Argentina and PSG’s success.
The player had scored more than 15 goals and 16 assists this year.