Lionel Messi says he will rethink his football future later this year, but that many things will change after the World Cup in Qatar this winter.
Argentina defeated Venezuela 3-0 in the penultimate round of South American World Cup qualifying on Friday, prompting Messi’s comments.
‘I’m not sure what I’m going to do after the World Cup.’ ‘I’m thinking about what’s going to happen,’ Messi said. ‘After Qatar, I’ll have to rethink a lot of things.’
He went on to say that his reservations had nothing to do with his previous disappointments while playing for Argentina. Last year, he won his first trophy with the team, the Copa America, in a final against Brazil.
‘Let’s hope things go as smoothly as possible.’ However, many things will undoubtedly change following the World Cup.’
Messi has recently struggled at club level, failing to live up to expectations after joining PSG last summer and being booed by his fans.
On international duty, however, he was in a better mood and appeared pleased after scoring the game’s third goal on Friday and receiving rousing applause from the crowd at the La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires.
Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, and Uruguay have already clinched the four direct spots for the region in Qatar later this year.
On Tuesday, Peru, Colombia, and Chile will compete for fifth place, which will qualify them for an international playoff with an Asian team.
After a low cross by Rodrigo de Paul, Argentina took the lead in the 35th minute when Nico Gonzalez scored from close range.
After an assist from De Paul, Angel di Maria, another player under fire in France, scored the second goal in the 79th minute, lobbing the Venezuelan goalkeeper.
After Barcelona’s Champions League round-of-16 loss to Real Madrid, both Messi and Brazil’s Neymar have faced criticism in France.
‘I haven’t been happy here in a long time, since before the Copa.’ ‘I am grateful for everything they do for me every time I visit Argentina,’ Messi said.
‘I don’t know, the truth is I don’t know,’ Messi, who turns 35 in June, said when asked if he would continue with the national team after Qatar. I consider what is about to happen, Ecuador, which is not far away (on Tuesday). June and September are the preparation matches.’