Alexis Mac Allister, a midfielder for Argentina, has talked about how Lionel Messi inspired his teammates before the crucial FIFA World Cup final against France. After dropping their World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia by a score of 2-1, La Albiceleste came back stronger in the subsequent matches to win their third title.
In the final against Les Bleus, Messi was able to lead from the front with two goals. The hero had already said that it would be his last World Cup, and he had strong words of encouragement for his team before the final.
Mac Allister stated, via GOAL, in an interview with BBC: Yes, he speaks prior to each game. He expresses his feelings, but he tries to relieve us of the burden. He plays a crucial role for us both on and off the field. We were aware that he was missing an important trophy—the only one—and that he had stated that it would be his last.
“We performed it for him. Of course, we wanted to win it for ourselves as well, but he deserves it more than [Angel] Di Maria. In the past few years, they’ve fought a lot.
In the meantime, Messi had a great World Cup run in 2022, scoring seven goals and assisting on three others. In the crucial semi-final game against Croatia, he also scored and assisted.
On the other hand, Messi made it clear that he wants to continue playing for Argentina, which won the World Cup.
TyC Sports had been told by Messi: I will not retire from the Argentina national team, no. I want to keep playing as the world champion.