Rodrigo De Paul on Lionel Messi’s Future in the Argentine National Team: “He Can Play as Long as He Desires”
The Atlético Madrid midfielder, Rodrigo De Paul, recently spoke with TyC Sports following La Scaleneta’s triumph against Australia and shared his thoughts on Messi’s statements regarding the upcoming World Cup.
After Argentina’s 2-0 victory against Australia, with goals scored by Lionel Messi and German Pezzella, Rodrigo De Paul, a key player for La Scaloneta, discussed the future of the national team and its captain in an interview with TyC Sports.
“From day one, the Chinese fans have been in awe. We understand the impact that Leo generates. People adore him and are eager to see him play. They don’t know when he will return to China, so I hope they have cherished this opportunity. He put on a phenomenal show. Despite the challenging circumstances – a tough opponent and scorching heat – we managed to prevail and secure another victory,” De Paul declared after the triumph against the Socceroos.
De Paul’s Thoughts on Messi’s Future in the National Team: “He Can Play as Long as He Desires”
In an interview with Chinese TV, Lionel Messi mentioned that Qatar 2022 will most likely be his last World Cup, making it unlikely for him to participate in 2026. Responding to this, Rodrigo De Paul stated, “The World Cup is still years away, and three years can feel like an eternity. The crucial aspect is to keep Leo’s proximity, ensuring he enjoys himself. We also have the task of qualifying for the World Cup and the upcoming Copa América. It’s vital to take one step at a time. Messi possesses a mindset that allows him to excel, and that distinguishes him from others. He can play as long as he pleases without losing his exceptional abilities. Today, I believe he relished the game, and I am thrilled for him,” he concluded.
The Future of the Argentine National Team
“We should not underestimate the significance of the Qualifiers. They won’t be a walk in the park, despite our previous achievements and status as reigning champions. The matches will serve as preparation for the Copa América, so it wouldn’t be wise to focus solely on that tournament,” commented Rodrigo De Paul during an interview with TyC Sports. “We must adapt to the changing dynamics, as there are fresh faces and rival teams longing to defeat us. It is crucial to make the most of these matches and avoid looking too far ahead, which could prove detrimental. Before the World Cup, we witnessed unexpected changes like Gio dropping out, and new talents such as Alexis, Enzo, and Juli coming into the picture. They demonstrated that we function as a unified team, and Leo’s individual brilliance complements our collective strength. That cohesion is our greatest asset,” he concluded.
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