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Martínez: Do not see Copa América as Messi’s final match

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Manchester United defender Lisandro Martínez stated the Argentina nationwide crew does not think about the 2024 Copa América to be Lionel Messi’s final match with La Albiceleste, including that the captain stays the world’s greatest participant.

Messi has stated it will likely be troublesome for him to play on the 2026 World Cup, when he’ll flip 39, although coach Lionel Scaloni has voiced perception that the eight time Ballon d’Or winner could make it to the match in america, Canada and Mexico.

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“He is very calm, greater than something he is having fun with the day after day. It is lovely to be right here, all of us have an amazing relationship,” Martínez stated in a media availability Thursday, through the crew’s preparations in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“When one is right here, one could be very blissful. We really feel at residence, which is essential. We do not see it [as his last tournament with Argentina.] We see him blissful, and with a formidable degree. That is what I can inform you.”

Messi has been an integral a part of the Argentinian nationwide crew’s current success, captaining the aspect to win the 2021 Copa América and 2022 FIFA World Cup. Since his debut in 2005, the ahead has scored 106 objectives in 180 worldwide appearances to turn out to be the nation’s all-time prime scorer.

The previous Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain star stays in fantastic type, scoring 11 objectives and including 12 assists in 12 video games for Inter Miami CF in MLS this season. His contract with Miami runs by means of the tip of the 2025 season.

“Enjoying with Leo, for us it is a vital plus,” Martínez added. “Everybody is aware of what Leo represents, he is the perfect on this planet. Having him play for our crew is certainly a plus. We’re very blissful to share the day after day with him.”

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Argentina will face Ecuador and Guatemala in friendlies to organize for the upcoming Copa América. The occasion is being hosted within the U.S., with 4 groups from Concacaf — together with the hosts — becoming a member of 10 from South America.

“Copa América is a sophisticated match,” Martínez stated. “For sure, everybody desires to beat us as a result of we are the reigning champions.

“But when we go into it pondering of a pair ‘favorites’ or ‘sturdy groups’ we’re solely hurting ourselves. We all know what we symbolize, so each recreation for us is a remaining.

“Our expectation is to win Copa América.”

Martínez maintains that the crew is targeted and coaching at an “spectacular” degree that leads him to imagine Argentina can as soon as once more raise the coveted trophy.

“For sure, everybody desires to beat us,” he stated. “However we’re prepared for that and work arduous for that. We now have an amazing crew, with gamers which are unimaginable. When coaching, it is unimaginable to see the expertise and energy being put in. We’re prepared.”

Argentina kick off their Copa América marketing campaign on June 20 when dealing with Canada within the inaugural match at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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