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    Messi´s goodbye to 2022: I´ll never forget the year my dream came true

    Lionel Messi signed up for 2022, describing the year he won the World Cup as a year he “can never forget”.

    The Argentina captain is due to return to Paris Saint-Germain early next week after being granted an extended holiday following his heroism in Qatar in 2022.

    His seven goals and three assists in Argentina’s path to glory earned Messi the Ballon d’Or award, and at the age of 35 he finally lifted the World Cup trophy, the highlight of his career.

    Messi posted on Instagram a series of photos of himself with his wife Antonela and their young family, marking the end of 12 months of change.

    He wrote: “A year is ending that I can never forget. The dream I’ve always pursued has finally come true.

    “But it wouldn’t be worth anything either if it wasn’t for the fact that I share this with a wonderful family, the best that can be, and with friends who always support me and won’t let me stay. the floor every time I fell.”

    Messi’s magical moment was not met with much reverence in Paris, given that it was France who defeated Argentina on penalties in the final after a remarkable 3-3 draw.

    Addressing the fans, Messi thanked both Barcelona and Paris.

    He scored a staggering 672 goals in a career at Barcelona that ended with a shock move to PSG in August 2021.

    “I also want to leave a special memory for all the people who follow me and support me,” Messi wrote. “It is incredible to be able to share this journey with all of you.

    “It would not have been possible to achieve what I have achieved without the support that I have received from all the people of my country, as well as from Paris, Barcelona and many other cities and countries from which I received love.

    “I hope this year has also been wonderful for everyone, and I wish you all good health and strength to continue to be happy in 2023.”

    Messi has reportedly agreed in principle to extend his contract with PSG, which expires at the end of this season, and putting the finishing touches on the deal will be a priority for the Ligue 1 club in the coming days and weeks.

    He will miss Sunday’s game against Lens, who are second in France’s top flight, seven points behind Paris Saint-Germain after 16 rounds.

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