Worldwide, fans were disappointed when Lionel Messi announced in October his intention to retire from the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), then made it clear that the Argentine star would be missing the Parisians’ final game before the World Cup because of an injury. This further escalated their anger.
The question is: Will Lionel Messi be able to play in the FIFA World Cup?
PSG earlier this week confirmed that the seven-time Ballon d’Or champion would not be able to play in their Ligue 1 match against Lorient. He had suffered inflammation in his Achilles tendon. They did however state that Lionel Messi would be able to play as an interim measure.
Leo Messi is currently being treated for inflammation of the Achilles tendon. Next week, he will resume collective training.”
This statement implies that Argentina’s captain must rest in order to be fit for the FIFA World Cup.
According to current information, Lionel Messi will appear in the World Cup’s last edition. The forward, who is 35 years old, will be trying to lead Argentina back to international glory after they last won it in 1986.
Lionel Messi discusses injury fears in the lead-up to FIFA World Cup Qatar
After seeing his Argentine teammate Paulo Dybala, the forward of PSG had previously expressed his concerns about missing the FIFA World Cup because of injuries.
“Injuries can be a concern. This World Cup is different. It’s played at a different time than previous tournaments. Any little thing can make you leave. Seeing what happened to Dybala, Di Maria and others shows that you are more worried and afraid than you think.
Lionel Messi already stated that the 2022 Qatar World Cup is his last chance at adding a World Cup medal to his glittering trophy collection.