June 24, 2024 10:15:00 booked.net

Messi is playing like a 20-year-old said by Gabriel Batistuta

Argentina’s star footballer Lionel Messi has confirmed that Sunday’s World Cup final will be his last.

Gabriel Batistuta had different expectations from Lionel Messi at the FIFA World Cup 2022 but apparently, Leo has surprised him. The former Argentina World Cup star had hoped the 35-year-old would be “more calm” in this tournament because of his age and experience. But, this has not happened so far.

“I expected him to be much calmer, but he is playing like a 20-year-old. And, that’s because he’s hungry, he’s here to win the Cup. That’s what football needs, that’s what Leo is spreading to the whole team,” said Batistuta who had held the record of scoring the highest number of world cup goals for Argentina before Messi scored his 11th world cup goal in the Croatia match.

The 53-year-old former footballer said he was happy to see Messi go ahead of him. Messi deserves to be Argentina’s top scorer at the World Cup, according to Batistuta. “If there’s one person who has to be up there, it’s him,” he said.

Messi is a man who plays football better than anyone else; He is not a foreigner, Batistuta said, so when Leo overtakes someone, they cannot suffer; All he does is make people happy.

Shortly before the FIFA World Cup 2022 final, Batistuta believes Argentina can defeat France. He thinks Lionel Scaloni’s team has “all the conditions to take the title”. “There’s something in the atmosphere, a positive energy, for this to happen. For Messi and for the fans too,” he said.

Messi, along with Kylian Mbappe, is currently the top scorer in this World Cup. While both have scored five goals each, Messi has three assists under his belt while Mbappe has two.

While Messi will be looking to top his illustrious career with a major championship, attempting to become the first side since Brazil in 1962 to win consecutive World Cups.

The cheapest tickets for the final are selling for more than $4,000 (₹3.3 lakh) on the secondary market as the excitement for the match between Argentina and France reaches its peak.