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    Lionel Messi hints at retirement after Argentina’s defense of Copa America crown


    Messi's Finishing Touches – Football Star Hints at Retirement After Defending Copa Title

    In a recent interview, Argentine football legend Lionel Messi dropped a subtle hint about hanging up his boots in the near future. While not specifying a definite retirement date, the 35-year-old Barcelona great acknowledged that the closing stages of his illustrious career are fast approaching.

    Messi's comments come ahead of Argentina's defense of their Copa America title this summer. It was during the 2021 edition of this regional tournament where La Albiceleste began their transformation into the champions they are today. Led by Messi's inspiring performances, Argentina overcame tough opponents via grit and determination to lift their first trophy in nearly 30 years.

    The Barcelona star's leadership qualities came to the fore as he morphed into more of a vocal presence on the pitch. This contrasted with earlier criticisms of Messi not being the ideal captain for his team. However, his tireless displays earned Argentina believers with each passing game last year. Messi continues to spearhead their challenge as they aim to achieve the rare feat of retaining their Copa crown.

    Meanwhile, Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has unveiled renewed plans to ensure the team carries on successfully in a future without Messi. While still heavily reliant on the magic of Messi and Angel Di Maria in attack, younger players are being blooded into key roles. Enzo Fernandez, Julian Alvarez and Alexis Mac Allister will need to pick up the attacking mantle as Messi begins to conserve his energies in the twilight of his illustrious career.

    Host nation USA provides Argentina with a familiar setting and vociferous backing during the competition. Massive crowds of adoring Messi fans have turned out wherever the team has played so far. Their support could prove crucial in aiding Argentina's quest for back-to-back Copa titles led by the irreplaceable Lionel Messi in his closing act.

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