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Messi praises Argentine fans in possible farewell before the World Cup

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Lionel Messi praised the Argentine fans in what will likely be their last home game, before the World Cup final in November, saying their outpouring of support during the 3-0 win over Venezuela was instrumental in keeping them happy. .
After the victory at La Bombonera, Messi added: “I didn’t expect anything less from the fans. The harmony between the people of Argentina and their national team is very great.”

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner has struggled at Paris Saint-Germain since moving from Barcelona in August 2021, but he was active against lowly Venezuela and the admiration of the fans was clear.

Argentine fans have elevated Messi’s status since he led his country to the 2021 Copa América title, the first major international title in 28 years.

The feeling of happiness was mutual, and Messi led the rest of the players in celebrating, chanting and singing in front of 50,000 fans.

He added: “I’ve been happy here for a long time. Even before the Copa America, the fans showed that they love me, and I’m grateful for that, and things are going well and that makes things easier from time to time.” field.”

On Friday, Messi returned to the national team, after resting in two pre-World Cup qualifiers against Chile and Colombia.

He made several free kick attempts on goal, but scored the third goal with a clumsy shot close to goal.
Argentina qualified for the final in Qatar earlier, along with Brazil, Ecuador and Uruguay, before entering the final round of qualifying on Tuesday, while Peru, Colombia and Chile battle for the tiebreaker against an Asian team.

Argentina is invited by Ecuador in the last meeting.

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