Lionel Messi would have loved to have been a world champion with Argentina but insists he wouldn’t change anything in his career.
Messi has won everything thier is to win domestically with Barcelona.
However, on an international level, he has never won a major trophy. Despite being in four finals, he has always come out on the losing side.
With Barcelona, four Champions Leagues, ten La Liga titles, six Copa Del Rey’s, one Spanish League Cup, eight Spanish Super Cups, 2 World Club Cups, and three UEFA Super Cups.
That’s 34 domestic trophies, that doesn’t include his six world player of the year awards, or his three European player of the year awards.
He has won an Olympic Gold medal with Argentina but failed miserably in the other competitions.
Most significantly the crown jewel of international football, the World Cup.
In an interview reported by Marca, he has no regrets though.
“I would’ve loved to be a world champion.”
“But I don’t think I would change anything else in my career to be one.”
“This is what I was given, what God gave me. It is what it is.”
“I couldn’t dream of everything that I experienced after. It was far bigger than anything I could’ve imagined.”
Are these comments a hint that the GOAT is ready to call time on his international career in order to preserve his playing days at Barcelona?
Messi has called it quits before, only to have had a change of heart and returned.
It was only recently that 2019 FIFA The Best award winner gave new Argentine manager Lionel Scaloni his seal of approval and full support.
The next world cup is 2022 in Qatar. Messi will be 35 years of age then.
It is not inconceivable for him to be playing at that age.
However, the question is what will he have to offer Argentina at that point in his career?
If he continues to play on at the international level, perhaps his best chance at a major trophy will be next summers Copa America.
The 2020 Copa America will be co-hosted by his native Argentina and Colombia.
— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) October 23, 2019