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Messi not to retire any time soon

27 March, 2024

Lionel Messi has said age will not play a factor in his decision to retire and that he will know when it is right to call time on his playing career as he will not be contributing as necessary to his team's success.

The Argentina captain, 36, has not given an indication as to when he will retire, with his deal at Inter Miami ending in December 2025.

An eight-time Ballon d'Or winner, Messi, who captained Argentina to World Cup glory in 2022, is expected to lead his national team at this summer's Copa América. Messi is sidelined with a hamstring injury and missed his national team's two international friendly wins over El Salvador and Costa Rica.

Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said Messi is the only player to have a guaranteed place in his squad.