Messi: Lewandowski's remarks confuse me!
In a recent interview with ESPN's "Star+" on the topic of "One Year After the Championship", Messi talked about some of the problems at the World Cup in Qatar, and also talked about the clash with Lewandowski and the future of the national team.
Talking about the celebration "Topo Gigio" after Messi's goal in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar, Argentina and the Netherlands, Messi said: "I regretted it as soon as I finished it. I was like, 'What an idiot... The only thing missing is that we didn't win the game. 'Because those things usually happen..."
At the 2021 European Ballon d'Or ceremony, Messi expressed his regret that Lewandowski missed the 2020 Ballon d'Or due to the pandemic, saying: "It's a pleasure to play alongside Lewandowski, you deserve the Ballon d'Or, I hope France Football will give it to you because you are a fair winner." Then two months later, in the selection of the World Footballer of the Year, Messi did not vote for Lewandowski as the captain of the Argentine team, and Lewandowski sarcastically said to Messi in an interview after winning the World Footballer of the Year: "He asked for the Ballon d'Or to me, but did not vote for the World Footballer of the Year, I hope Messi will be honest when he speaks, not empty words." ”
When it comes to the match between Argentina and Poland in the group stage of the World Cup, Messi was forced to be helpless after deliberately looking for Lewandowski to break through many times, Lewandowski had no choice but to deliberately foul, Lewandowski wanted to say hello and apologize after Messi got up and was ignored, is it related to what Lewandowski said in an interview at the 2021 World Footballer of the Year award ceremony? What he said used to bother me because when I won the Ballon d'Or, I meant what I said and what he said was the truth that bothered me. We met and talked about it after the match against Poland, and the truth is that it was a misunderstanding. I was frustrated at that moment because I felt like it didn't belong to me. If I look for him with the ball again in that game, why him? I don't quite remember what I said. Then we met, we talked... Then he went to Barcelona and when we met him afterwards we talked a lot about the Barcelona club and a lot about the city and everything was fine. ”
Asked if he would play in the 2024 Copa America and the 2026 World Cup, Messi said: "Time will tell. In fact, I'm going to reach an age where I wouldn't normally be allowed to go to the World Cup, that's why I said I didn't believe I would be there. It seems that everything is over after the World Cup and I am retiring, and the opposite is true, now I want to stay here more than ever, because after so many years of suffering, today we are experiencing a special moment that I have never experienced before in the Argentine national team and I want to enjoy the feeling it gives me. ”
Messi added: "I want to make the most of it all, not think about two or three years, which is a long time in football. I didn't think about the World Cup and I didn't say 100% that I wouldn't go to the World Cup because anything can happen. Due to age and circumstances, it is most normal for him to be absent. Then we'll see how far we can go. Maybe we did well in the Copa America and it's all about keeping us going. Maybe not. I can't say if I continue, but let's be realistic, it's difficult. ”
In closing, Messi continued the topic: "I will always try my best to compete, as long as I feel that I am playing well and can continue to contribute, I will do so. The only thing I had on my mind today was to get into the Copa America and be able to play. Fight again as usual and try to be the last champion. ”