[마이데일리 = 이현호 기자] What kind of path will Lionel Messi (35, PSG) take after retirement?
Messi had an interview with ‘ESPN Argentina’ on the 7th (Korea time) and was asked about retirement. Messi then replied firmly, “I don’t really want to be a manager.” This is a staggering answer compared to world-class players who live a second life as coaches after retirement.
They want to move towards an administrator rather than a leader. Messi said, “I want to be the head of a football team (sporting director). I want to create a team, build a manager and train a staff, and manage the players. But now I can’t be sure of anything.”
Still, the director doesn’t seem to care at all. Messi added, “Zinedine Zidane also said, ‘I will not be a manager after retirement,’ but in the end he became a manager and won the European Champions League three times.”
Messi’s career with the Argentine national team is expected to end this year. “The Qatar 2022 World Cup is the last World Cup in my life,” Messi said. We are waiting for the start date of the World Cup. “Anxiety and excitement intersect.”
Winning the World Cup is the last remaining task for Messi. As a footballer, he has won every tournament he could win, but he has yet to win a World Cup trophy. His highest achievement was coming second in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
“Argentina is always mentioned as a candidate for the title,” said Messi. But in my opinion, Argentina is not a contender for the title. There are many stronger teams than us.” “Anything can happen in the World Cup. No matter what opponent I meet, I will do my best to fight.”
Argentina have been drawn into Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Comparing objective power, Argentina is expected to take first place in the group without difficulty. If they reach the round of 16 in Group C, they will face one of the teams in Group D: France, Australia, Denmark or Tunisia.
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