2022 World Cup: Messi breaks Argentina tradition

Lionel Messi confirms 2022 World Cup will be his last

Lionel Messi, Argentina’s captain, will be living alone in his own hotel room at the 2022 World Cup.

The 35-year-old is competing in his fifth tournament and is motivated by the disappointment of losing to Germany in the 2014 final in Brazil.

It has now been revealed that the Paris St Germain star has broken with the Argentine custom of sharing a room as Lionel Scaloni’s players bunker down at the University of Qatar for their training camp.

With long-term roommate Sergio Aguero now retired, he has taken up residence on his own in Room B-201. Aguero, who has traveled to the tournament to cheer on his country, became Messi’s closest pal when they teamed up at youth level for Argentina.

They shared a room for eight years at senior level – until a heart problem Aguero was forced to hang up his boots in 2021 after being part of the squad that lifted the Copa America in Brazil last year. The issue was diagnosed after he had played just five games for Barcelona following his departure after a decade at Manchester City.

Former City defender Nicolas Otamendi and Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodrigo De Paul are rooming together next door to Messi. And Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes are in the room opposite.

Argentina boss Scaloni has urged Messi to enjoy the tournament.

Scaloni said: “My message to Messi is the same as the rest; that he has to enjoy this World Cup, have a good time in the field, and then he will surely play how we know he can. We don’t tell him anything other that that: enjoy it.”

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