Lionel Messi, in his fifth World Cup, says that now he enjoys much more

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    The captain of Argentina, Lionel Messi, attends a press conference on the eve of the debut against Saudi Arabia. He joined Group C of the World Cup.

On the eve of his fifth and perhaps last World Cup, Lionel Messi no longer thinks only about winning.

“It grabs me at a more mature moment. I enjoy every moment that I have to live & rdquo; The Argentina captain told a press conference prior to his debut with Saudi Arabia on Monday. He played for Group C of the World Cup.

“Before, I didn't think about it…it was all so often, I didn't have time to enjoy it a lot but rather think about the next game, wanting to keep winning,” The star. “Sometimes many important things that I had to experience in my career went unnoticed and now I am aware of that and I try to enjoy it”.

Messi, 35 years old, filled the day. He went to the main conference room in the World Cup press center for his first contact with journalists since he arrived. to Qatar. Dressed in official white sportswear, the team's all-time goalscorer (91) appeared in the evening. with the same relaxed face that he has since he won & oacute; in 2021 his first title with the Argentine senior team after four lost finals — the 2014 World Cup and the 2007, 2015 and 2016 Americas Cups.

Asked if the Albiceleste arrives better at their debut than in previous World Cups, the Paris Saint-Germain forward gave his opinion that it was better. that “I don't know what. If we arrive better, but we come from winning and that decompresses a lot. That makes us work in a different way.”

The smile was not always on his face when representing his country in world championships.

Considered one of the greatest footballers in history, the seven-time Ballon d'Or winner was rarely able to shine on the big stage as in other competitions. He scored He scored a total of six goals, none in the decisive instances of the World Cup.

Argentina, champions in 1978 and 1986, is emerging as one of the great favorites to win in Qatar and that adds This will put extra pressure on his debut against the Saudis, which could play a trick on the 22 players from the Argentine squad who will play for the first time on the highest stage.

Messi, who will become the He became the Argentine soccer player with the most World Cups played, he admitted to being the Argentine soccer player. that “it's hard right now to make them understand that they have to enjoy the moment, the same thing happened to me”.

“The World Cup is special and we don't know if it's going to happen again. I tell them to live the experience to the fullest and enjoy as much as they can, the people, the game and that we try to play as we have been doing so far,” he concluded.

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