‘Messi can make 2022 World Cup his last dance’

‘Messi can make 2022 World Cup his last dance’
Lionel Messi
Buenos Aires, May 26 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 9:35:59 AM IST

Lionel Messi can write his own Michael Jordan-inspired script by making the 2022 World Cup his ‘Last Dance’, says former Argentina international Lucas Biglia.

While piecing together an enviable collection of medals at Barcelona, to go with his six Ballons d’Or, an all-time great is still waiting on a first senior honour with his country.

Final heartache has been suffered on World Cup and Copa America stages, with even one of the very best in the business proving incapable of dragging Argentina over the finishing line.

There may not be many more opportunities for Messi to right those wrongs, as he approaches his 33rd birthday, but hope continues to spring eternal.

Biglia believes a remarkable trophy haul can be completed at Qatar 2022, with there every reason to believe that Messi can emulate Chicago Bulls legend Jordan by delivering on huge expectation and bowing out in style.

Current AC Milan star Biglia told FM 94.7 after being inspired by an NBA-themed documentary on Netflix, “I finished The Last Dance the other day, it was excellent. It got me thinking that in a few years, hopefully we will be able to watch something similar with our own phenomenon [Messi].”

“[We could] learn a mountain of things about his day-to-day. Because you see him train, you see him play but so many things happen on a day-to-day basis that you don’t know about, as we see [with Jordan] in the series.”

“The scene that I would like to see in the future is the one when Jordan is hugging the [NBA] trophy and crying. I would like to see that with Messi and the World Cup. That I would like to see. I know what it would mean for him and for the Argentine people.”

While looking for comparisons between the respective careers of Messi and Jordan, and what they have both achieved at the very highest level of sport, Biglia insists the temperament of his fellow countryman is markedly different to that of one of basketball’s greatest and most demanding players.

He said, “He [Messi] always puts himself at your level. Not just because of his humility, but to make you feel comfortable. He looks to build a relationship with his teammates by relating to them. That’s what makes him great. There are no words to describe him as a player. As a person, he is 10, 100 times better.”

Messi has not always received the same level of praise in his homeland, on the back of his exploits for the Albiceleste, as he does at Barcelona. Biglia, though, says there should be no doubting the fact that a Rosario native is as loved in Argentina as he is in Catalunya and that everybody will be pulling in the same direction once the next opportunity to chase down global glory presents itself.


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