Some may argue that the CONMEBOL World Cup process is designed to ensure the presence of Brazil and Argentina at the biggest soccer show on earth, but there’s a chance we won’t see Lionel Messi in blue and white stripes next summer.
Going into their final qualification game, The Albiceleste sit outside the qualification spots, needing a win in Ecuador to guarantee an intercontinental play-off with New Zealand. However, the game will be played at over 9,000 feet above sea level in the Andes, where Argentina haven’t recorded a win since 2001.
If the 2014 World Cup finalists fail to qualify for the 2018 tournament, there is a chance that Messi will retire from national team duties for the second time. And this time, it could be a permanent arrangement.
Therefore, you may be advised to tune in on Tuesday evening for what might be Messi’s last international game.