The Argentina team is likely to no longer have a player wearing the number 10 shirt in the future.”After Lionel Messi retires from his international career, we will not let anyone else wear Argentina’s number 10 shirt. This shirt number will be retired forever in honor of Messi,” Claudio Tapia, President of the Football Federation Argentina (AFA) declared.
Previously, AFA also honored Messi by renaming the training center “Casa de Ezeiza” to “Lionel Andres Messi”, based on the name of the current Argentina captain.
Messi went through a difficult time when he lost two consecutive Copa America finals. There was even a time when he was so depressed that he had to say goodbye to his international career. However, “El Pulga” has come back strongly to help “Albicelestes” achieve success in recent years with the South American championship, Intercontinental Super Cup and culminating in the world crown in Qatar in 2019. 2022.
At the tournament that took place at the end of last year, the former PSG striker personally contributed 7 goals and 3 assists in the journey to winning the World Cup championship. This performance also helped him win the World Cup Golden Ball for the second time in his career and the France Football Golden Ball for the 8th time.
In a recent interview, Messi said he only set the goal of participating in the 2024 Copa America with Argentina. Meanwhile, FIFA President Gianni Infantino did not think so: “I really hope Messi will attend the World Cup.” 2026 in the US, Canada and Mexico as well as the World Cup in 2034. Whenever he wants.”