President of the Argentine Federation: Messi will participate in the 2026 World Cup

Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Federation, confirmed that legend Lionel Messi, star of American team Inter Miami, will be present at the 2026 World Cup.

Tapia said in statements to Argentine broadcaster Tyc: “Messi will be able to play at the 2026 World Cup without any problems. I see Messi playing in the position he wants during the tournament (the World Cup). I have this dream.”

And he added: “Just 8 minutes before the World Cup draw in Qatar, Messi already knew what confrontations could lie ahead in the round of 16… Yes, just 8 minutes… Having the best is the most beautiful thing that can happen to you”. ".

He continued: “Messi is happy with the national team. He comes to the training center and is very happy with his teammates and the coaching staff. I'm lucky because I have the relationship that I have with him. It’s based on affection.”

There were strong reports that Messi would hang up his boots ahead of the 2026 World Cup, particularly after his country won the 2022 World Cup, before Tapia denied this.

Messi began his national team career in 2005 and played his first international match against the Hungarian national team at the age of eighteen. In 2009, in the World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, Lionel Messi wore the number 10 jersey for Argentina for the first time.

Messi won three championships with Argentina by winning the Copa América in 2021, the World Cup in 2022 and the Champions Cup, and also scored many goals in his games for Argentina.

Van Dijk defends Messi after the Dutch coach's statements: He does not deserve the World Cup 

Dutch international and Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk defended Argentina captain Lionel Messi, according to Dutch coach Louis van Gaal.

The Dutch team's coach, Louis van Gaal, launched a fierce attack against the Argentine team after winning the Qatar 2022 World Cup title, where the Molinos were eliminated by Tango.

Louis Van Gaal said he doesn't like to talk about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but everyone knows what happened and it is clear that there is a strong tendency for Messi, who does not deserve the World Cup, to be crowned world champion .

The coach of the Dutch national team added that the Argentina national team players crossed the red lines at the 2022 World Cup without receiving a penalty, confirming that it was Lionel Messi's intention to win the World Cup in Qatar .

Van Dijk defends Messi 

Van Dijk defends Messi after the Dutch coach's statements, as the Liverpool and Dutch national team defender said that everyone has the right to express their point of view, but he does not agree with the Dutch national team coach regarding Lionel Messi.

Liverpool and Netherlands national team defender Virgil van Dijk added that the team's players also do not agree with Louis van Gaal, since they all know the captain of the Argentine team, Lionel Messi.

Argentina in the World Cup 

After a very strong and exciting game at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Argentine team managed to defeat the Netherlands on penalties in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals of the 2022 World Cup, the Argentine team faced the Croatian team and was eliminated in the semifinals. The Tango team then faced the French team in the famous final, which ended in a penalty shootout.

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