Atletico Madrid midfielder and Argentine star Rodrigo De Paul admitted Lionel Messi can continue playing for the international team as long as he wants as he is on another level and acknowledged that Messi is happy by his side. Messi led Argentina to the Copa America in 2021.
Lionel Messi joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer the previous summer as he looked to start a new chapter in a busy playing career so far.
However, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has slowly started life in Paris after a series of injuries and a battle with Covid-19 over the past few months. His lack of substantial impact drew criticism from his supporters and the media.
Although his club form is suffering, Messi continued to display his qualities while representing his nation last year as he led the team to the Copa America in 2021. The PSG winger has also been in fine form sensational in the World Cup qualifiers.
There have been rumors that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will provide Messi, who will be 35 by the time this tournament begins, his last chance to lift the prestigious trophy with his nation. De Paul insists the Argentine star can play as long as he wants due to his ability.
“I don’t have much of an opinion on what happens to him in Paris but I can tell you about what he is doing in the national team. He is happy with Argentina. He is our leader, we follow him. He will surely talk to us, he will go to his fifth World Cup and give us advice because this experience carries a lot of weight at the moment,” De Paul told GOAL.
“I hope Messi enjoys it and doesn’t suffer from it. Let’s hope it goes well. He can really keep playing as long as he wants because he’s on another level, his head works faster than any other human being’s, so we’re all going to try to get him to enjoy this World Cup,” he added.
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