Messi Announced his retirement: Qatar World Cup Will Be His Last World Cup
Argentine football legend Lionel Messi has announced his retirement. He will retire from football after the FIFA World Cup 2022 starting next month in Qatar.
The 35-year-old footballer said in an interview with Argentine journalist Sebastian Vignolo- ‘I will retire from this sport after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. I have already taken the decision and informed the team about it, this will be my last World Cup.
This will be Messi’s fifth FIFA World Cup.
Played a first international match in 2005
Messi is going to play in the 5th World Cup. He made his international debut for Argentina in 2005. He has scored 90 goals in 164 matches. He has scored 6 goals in 19 matches of the World Cup. Talking about their overall career, Messi has scored 781 goals.
The first contract was signed on napkin paper
Messi signed his first contract on napkin paper. He joined Barcelona in 2000 at the age of 13. Due to a lack of paper, he signed the contract on a napkin. The Barcelona club agreed to pay all the cost of Messi’s treatment on the condition – ‘He should settle in Europe’. On this, his family went to Europe.
Barcelona held Messi’s hand when he fell seriously ill at the age of 10
At the age of 6, Messi used to juggle with both feet on the streets without stopping for 15-20 minutes with football. The ball never fell below his feet. Seeing such a small child doing this, people used to give money to Messi as a reward. People started calling him the footballer of the future.
A thousand dollars was spent every month on Messi’s treatment
When Messi was 10 years old, it was found that he had a disease of ‘growth hormone deficiency. This stops the growth of the body. It was not possible for the family to bear the cost of 1000 dollars every month for its treatment. Then Naval’s Old Boy Club informed the Barcelona club, which was very impressed with Messi’s game and wanted to include him in the team.