Qatar 2022: I feel strong to face any team, declares Messi

Qatar 2022: I feel strong to face any team, declares Messi
LUSAIL CITY, QATAR - DECEMBER 13: Lionel Messi of Argentina attends the post match press conference after the 3-0 win during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 semi final match between Argentina and Croatia at Lusail Stadium on December 13, 2022 in Lusail City, Qatar. (Photo by Shaun Botterill - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi has said he feels strong to face any team while declaring his side exploited Croatia’s disorganized midfield to secure a 3-0 win during the semi-final clash of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, reports.

Speaking during a post-match conference, Messi said they played a smart football by reading the key moments of the game.

“What I know is how much I’m enjoying this moment. Luckily, I feel good. I feel strong to face every single game. We have made huge sacrifices. In the last game, we played long extra time that was not easy at all.

“This team, putting aside the strength we have collectively is very smart and we know how to read key moments of the game, of every game. Scaloni stated that we have got a very smart team, that knows when and how to dig in, we know when and how to have possession of the ball, we know when to press, when to sit back.

“All in all, we understand each game and we prepare the best way along with a professional coaching staff that pays attention to details.

“As I said earlier, we knew the game would have the shape it had and that is why we didn’t feel the desperate when we had to run or when they ran from one flank to another. They play in a very unorganized way in the midfield to keep the ball, leaving many spaces,” he said.

Meanwhile, Messi has become Argentina’s all-time leading goal scorer in FIFA World Cup history with 11 goals (1-2006; 4-2014; 1-2018; 5-2022)and also became the first Argentinian player to score five goals in a single FIFA World Cup since Gabriel Batistuta in 1998.

The seven-time FIFA best player, also became the sixth player in FIFA World Cup history to score in the round of 16, quarter-finals and semi-finals in a single edition of the competition following Salvatore Schillaci (1990), Roberto Baggio (1994), Hristo Stoichkov (1994), Davor Šuker (1998) and Wesley Sneijder (2010).