Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi, has said he will not celebrate his personal achievement of reaching 1,000 professional matches.
Messi was again on the scorer list as Argentina beat Australia 2-1 in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup.
The 35-year-old admitted his overwhelming feelings were a relief to pass a physical just 48 hours after his last group-stage match.
Despite reaching another career milestone and surpassing Diego Maradona’s record of eight World Cup goals, Messi does not acknowledge this personal achievement.
When asked on Argentine television if he would celebrate his 1,000th game, Messi replied: “No, no really. It was a tough game, a tough game, we didn’t rest much, we didn’t recover really well. It was a very physical match as well.”
“When we found out we had to play again in three days, we said it was crazy and not enough rest, but at the same time we wanted to be here for what it feels like and for our fans.”
World Cup: Why I won’t celebrate my 1,000th game – Messi