Lionel Messi Enjoys ‘Last Battles’ as Argentina Reaches Copa America Final

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Lionel Messi, the 37-year-old Argentine football legend, expressed his delight in playing his “last battles” for Argentina after scoring in a 2-0 victory over Canada, securing a spot in the Copa America final. Following a subdued performance against Ecuador in the quarter-finals, Messi showcased his brilliance once more, linking up effectively with Angel Di Maria and strike partner Julian Alvarez, who also found the net. Speaking to TyC Sports, Messi emphasized the significance of these moments, likening them to his experiences in the previous Copa America and World Cup. “These are the last battles, and I’m enjoying them to the maximum,” he said.

Despite his current success, Messi’s future with the national team remains uncertain. Now playing for Inter Miami in Major League Soccer, he has not confirmed whether he will participate in the 2026 World Cup, which will see its final held in New Jersey. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni urged patience regarding Messi’s decision, stating, “We have to leave him alone, he knows that we will not be the ones to close the door on him. He can stay with us as long as he wants, even when he retires…Let him decide what he wants.”

Messi’s latest achievement adds to an impressive run of victories with Argentina, following their triumphs in the 2022 World Cup and the 2021 Copa America. Goalkeeper Emiliano “Dibu” Martínez highlighted the team’s recent success, noting the importance of reaching three finals in three years. “Three finals in three years? The fourth one, hey, let’s not forget the Finalissima with Italy, which is also important,” Martínez said, reflecting on his journey with the national team. “I dreamed of playing just one game in the National Team. If they told me that I was going to be in my fourth final, I didn’t believe it.”

As Argentina prepares to face either Uruguay or Colombia in the Copa America final, the anticipation and excitement among fans and players alike continue to build. Messi’s presence and performance will undoubtedly be crucial, whether these truly are his final battles or merely another chapter in his illustrious career with the national team.