Qatar 2022: Argentina coach, Scaloni takes decision on Messi playing at next World Cup


Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni has said Lionel Messi will always be welcome to play for the national team.

Scaloni was speaking after the 35-year-old scored twice in the World Cup final against France.

Messi again put in a stunning performance to help his country win the title for a third time in their history.

With the next World Cup in four years, Scaloni has promised Messi a space in the squad.

“First of all, we need to save him a spot for the World Cup 2026,” Scaloni said.

“If he wants to keep playing, he will be with us. I think he is more than entitled to decide whether he wants to keep playing or what he wants to do with his career.

“It is such a huge pleasure for us to coach him and his teammates. Everything that he transmits to his teammates is something unparalleled, something I have never seen before — a player, a person who gives so much to his teammates.”

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