During a recent exhibition match between iconic South American football teams at Miami's DRV PNK Stadium, FIFA President Gianni Infantino humorously responded when asked about Lionel Messi's future World Cup participation. The Tango team emerged victorious over the Samba team 2-1, thanks to a brace from Gonzalo Higuain and a goal from Ronaldinho. The event also sparked discussions about the 2030 World Cup, scheduled to start in South America before transitioning to Spain, Morocco, and Portugal.
Infantino's Playful Banter
Infantino, who took part in the first half of the match, later engaged in friendly banter with AFA President Chiqui Tapia. He insinuated that Argentina had already hosted its fair share of World Cup games during the last tournament.
Messi's Future in World Cup
As for Lionel Messi, the current Inter Miami player and 36-year-old football legend, Infantino expressed his hope for Messi's continued participation in future World Cups. This includes the 2034 edition, which is anticipated to take place in Saudi Arabia, where Messi would be 47.
"Do I expect Messi to play in the 2026 World Cup? And in the next World Cup, and in 2030, and in 2034. If he wants to," Infantino was quoted by TyC Sports. Messi, the Argentine national team captain, has not dismissed the possibility of his participation in the 2026 World Cup. The forward stated that he would play if he feels physically capable. It's important to remember that Messi, who now represents Inter Miami, clinched the World Cup in Qatar with the Argentine national team last year. In addition to this triumph, he also secured the title of the tournament’s most valuable player.