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La Pulga's Last Mission With the Argentina National Team

Published on: 17 June 2020
La Pulga's Last Mission With the Argentina National Team
Lionel Messi

Slot Online - Argentine national team legend Juan Sebastian Veron said he still believes Qatar 2022 will be the last chance for Lionel Messi to win the World Cup trophy.

Therefore, this became a means of proving that Messi and his colleagues are confident that they can lift the 2020 World Cup trophy.

Being ambassador for the FISU University World Cup held in southeastern Fujian province between November 21 and December 1, Veron launched the trophy for the tournament.

"For me it was a new experience, especially seeing male and female players who would not have the chance to play in the FIFA World Cup. This is an important university championship, "said the 44-year-old man.

Veron now serves as chairman of Argentine soccer club Estudiantes de La Plata. Therefore, he was able to persuade teammate Javier Mascherano to join him at the club after his contract with one of the Chinese Super League clubs, Hebei China Fortune ended. "We are good friends. Javier wants to take care of his family," Veron explained.

Lionel Messi must meet his final target

Veron revealed that he would plan to work with China's Fujian Chaoyue (Broncos) to create a Youth Football Academy Training Program in the world's most populous country.

"When I was thinking about what I would be after I retired from the beautiful game. I was not attracted to being a coach. What I liked was the fact that I could develop a project in this case, in my club," said the two-time South American Footballer of the year.

"The development of football in China is still at an early stage. I believe that a project is needed. The youth training takes time, that's essential. You need to train and play lots of games. If you work hard, you can improve in football.

"Taking the [Chinese] kids to Argentina, so they can have training and participate in the competitions there," he added.

Full support of La Pulga

Former Barcelona midfielder, Xavi Hernandez, said that the career of his former club mate, Lionel Messi, is still long. He believes that the Argentine national team star will still appear at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, although he is now 32 years old.

Seeing Messi's current condition, Xavi also believes that his teammate nicknamed La Pulga (The Flea) can still look neat when defending Argentina in the upcoming 2022 World Cup.

In Qatar in two years' time, Messi's age would be 34 .

"Leo always takes good care of his physique. Therefore, I'm sure at the age of 37 or 39, he is still capable of being a reliable footballer. And I'm sure Leo will play in the World Cup," said the man who has now worked as a coach of one of the League clubs Qatar, Al Sadd.

Although practically no longer young as a footballer, Messi still showed his strength on the gridiron before this season's competition was postponed due to the Corona virus pandemic or COVID-19.

As reported by Slot Online, Messi has collected a total of 24 goals in all competitions for Barcelona this season. The details, 19 goals in the Spanish La Liga, 2 goals in the Champions League, 2 goals in the Copa del Rey, and a goal in the Spanish Super Cup.

Therefore, the players of La Masia were apparently still listed as the top scorers while the 2019/2020 Spanish League. And the Barcelona winger outperformed five goals for Karim Benzema who currently gushes Real Madrid in second place in the list of top scorers / top scorers.


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