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Lionel Messi & Angel Di Maria hint at international retirement after World Cup

Tom Gott
Messi & Di Maria could soon walk away from Argentina
Messi & Di Maria could soon walk away from Argentina / Marcelo Endelli/GettyImages

Argentina stars Lionel Messi and Angel Di Maria have both admitted they are considering retiring from international duty after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The pair were both on target on Friday as Argentina, who have already qualified for the tournament, saw off Venezuela with a comfortable 3-0 victory.

After the game, the two forwards both paid thanks to their home fans and made no secret of the fact that this may have been their final match on home soil.

Beginning with Messi, he said: "After the World Cup I'm going to have to rethink many things, depending on whether it goes well or badly. Let's hope it goes in the best way.

"I've been happy here for a long time, since before I won the Copa America. People show me that they love me and I'm grateful. Everything flows naturally, it's easier on and off the pitch."

PSG team-mate Di Maria then took to Instagram to release a statement which seemed far more definitive than Messi's.

"I'm just going to say thank you for the enormous love received. I always dreamed of everything I experienced on this beautiful night," he said.

"It was probably my last match with this shirt in Argentina. And being able to say that it was a wonderful night is an understatement.

"Thank you, thank you and a thousand times thank you."