It would be unfair for Lionel Messi to retire without winning a World Cup.’ Those were the words of Spain manager Luis Enrique last week.
And it is a sentiment shared by many in Qatar, where there is an overwhelming desire for the brilliant Argentine to finally triumph on the biggest stage.
You do not need to venture far in Doha before you see someone wearing an Argentina shirt with ‘Messi 10’ on the back.
Some are Argentines, some are locals, and others have travelled from far and wide in the hope of getting a glimpse of one of the greatest players of all time who will line up against Saudi Arabia on Tuesday morning as his country kick off their tournament.
Spain boss Luis Enrique said it would be unfair for Lionel Messi to retire without a World Cup
Chants of ‘Messi, Messi,…