World Cup 2022: Lionel Scaloni provides update on Lionel Messi’s future with Argentina national team

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Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has provided a major update on Lionel Messi’s future with the national football team.

Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni has opened up on Lionel Messi’s future with the national team, saying that he hopes the legendary footballer will continue to play for Argentina even after the FIFA World Cup 2022.

As Argentina gear up to face Croatia in the first semi-final of the World Cup 2022 on December 13, Messi’s role will be crucial as the Argentine captain has been instrumental in their success thus far with four goals and two assists.

Notably, Messi, in an announcement last month, had stated that this would be his final appearance on football’s biggest stage. As a result, retiring with the sport’s ultimate prize would be the ideal send-off for the charismatic footballer.

“We will hope he continues playing. Let’s see if he does. We will keep enjoying him, that’s important for us and for the world of football,” Scaloni told reporters ahead of the semi-final.

“I know Messi and he was always like that, he was always a winner and he has pride and a big desire to continue playing football that makes us happy. And also because the first year was difficult in terms of adaptation and now, from what they explain to me, their life in Paris is perfect. The children are happy, he and his family, his wife too,” Scaloni added.

Scaloni said both Angel Di Maria and Rodrigo De Paul would be fit and missing the suspended Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel would not be a problem.

“We have our own system, our style. Of course, in certain situations we need to take into account how the opponents are playing,” Scaloni said.

“We won’t change our style beyond the system and that’s what we’re going to do. During the game we will of course make decisions (based on situations) and rise up to the challenge.”

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