The president of the Argentine Football Association, Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia, expressed this Tuesday his wish that the Argentine 10 Lionel Messi can complete the current cycle and be present at the upcoming World Cup in Canada, the United States and Mexico 2026.
In statements taken from a public event Tapia reiterated the commitment he hopes to have with Lionel Messi so that he can continue contributing to the Albiceleste and said that age would not be a problem.
“Yes, I imagine him (Messi) and I would like him to be there. With the conditions he has, he can easily play the 2026 World Cup“he commented.
The doubts with his presence in the next World Cup are due to the fact that By the time the competition is held, he would be very close to turning 40 years old.but according to Tapia he could play the way he prefers.
“I see him in the World Cup playing in the position that he wants to play because he can really do it and it will depend on what he wants.but without a doubt I dream of that too”, added Tapia.
After praising the “best player in the world” saying that “he always goes for more”, “he never leaves you” and “he always surprises you”, the sports leader pointed out that Messi’s participation in the next World Cup “depends on him”. , “of their desire” and “of their hunger to win things”.
However, before there is another appointment with the Albiceleste, the Copa América 2024, which, if played by the Argentine captain, would make managers and fans “happy”.
The Inter Miami striker arrived in Argentina on Tuesday to join the training sessions of the Albiceleste, current world champion, with a view to the double date of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.