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Lionel Messi hints he will play at the 2026 World Cup despite the Argentina legend turning 39 during the North American tournament

LIONEL MESSI had hinted he could play at the 2026 World Cup.

And his inclusion came despite the Argentine superstar turning 39 during the tournament.

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Lionel Messi has not ruled out the possibility of taking part in the 2026 World Cup[/caption]

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He led Argentina to the World Cup in Qatar last year[/caption]

Messi received his eighth Ballon d’Or award on Monday after a successful campaign that saw him win the World Cup in Qatar last year.

And it seems the Inter Miami man may still have fire in his belly to go on and claim a second win when the tournament is held in North America.

Upon request from L’Equipe Discussing the possibility of representing Argentina in 2026, Messi was hesitant to rule out the idea entirely.

He said: “The 2026 World Cup? Considering how old I’ll be then, it seems difficult – but we’ll see.”

Meanwhile, 36-year-old Messi is still performing at an extremely high level and his record for Inter Miami is just as impressive as most football fans would expect.

He has already scored 11 goals and provided five assists in just 14 appearances for the Herons since joining in July.

And it is not impossible that in three years he will be wearing the blue and white of the Albiceleste.

Bitter rival Cristiano Ronaldo was 37 years old when he played for Portugal in Qatar.

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While Roger Milla currently holds the record for the oldest outfield player to ever take part in a World Cup when he represented Cameroon in 1994 at an impressive 42 years old.

With 106 goals in 178 appearances, Messi already leads the list of top scorers in the history of the Argentine national team.

And if he were to represent his country in 2026, he would be the oldest player since 1958 – adding even more records to his long list of amazing statistics.

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Cristiano Ronaldo was 37 years old when he played for Portugal in Qatar[/caption]

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At 42, Cameroonian hero Roger Milla is the oldest player to score a goal at a World Cup[/caption]

Chris Estrada

Chris Estrada is a WSTNewsPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Chris Estrada joined WSTNewsPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: charlesjones@wstnewspost.com.

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