After World Cup I’m going to rethink many things: Lionel Messi on his future

Argentina beat Venezuela 3-0 in World Cup qualifying, with Messi scoring the third goal.

Lionel Messi says he may rethink his football future later this year, but that ‘many things will change following the World Cup in Qatar this winter.  

Lionel Messi as reported by Fabrizio Romano said, ”I don’t know what I will do after the World Cup. I am thinking about what is coming. After Qatar, I will have to reassess many things.”Argentina’s 3-0 triumph over Venezuela in the penultimate phase of South American World Cup qualifiers on Friday fueled Messi’s remarks. The Argentine crafted it evident that his doubts had nothing to make with his past disappointment as a player of Argentina’s national team. In the Copa America finale over Brazil past year, he earned his first title with Argentina. 

Messi has recently struggled at club level, failing to live up to expectations after joining PSG last year and being booed by the fans. On international duty, though, he was in a better mood and appeared thrilled after scoring the game’s third goal on Friday and earning rousing applause from the crowd at the La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires.

After a low pass by Rodrigo de Paul, Argentina took the lead in the 35th minute when Nico Gonzalez scored from close range. Angel di Maria, another sensation in France who has been criticized, netted the second strike in the 79th minute, hurling the Venezuelan keeper.

Messi’s game-winning goal came after a brilliant chipped ball from Di Maria, who found him on a perfectly timed run. The 34-year-finish old’s with his weaker right leg was sloppy, but it was the least he deserved.

After Barcelona’s Champions League round-of-16 loss to Real Madrid, both Messi and Brazil’s Neymar have experienced criticism in France.

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