REVEALED: The boots Lionel Messi hopes will help him fire Argentina to glory at his last World Cup… Adidas unveil GOLDEN design the world’s greatest will wear for his last shot at the trophy that’s evaded him
The boots that Lionel Messi will wear at what is set to be the last World Cup of his iconic career have been unveiled.
Messi, in an interview with an Argentine journalist in October, confirmed that Qatar would be the last time he represents his country at football’s grandest stage.
Adidas unveiled the golden boots that Messi will wear in Qatar – which are said to take inspiration from the ones he wore at his first World Cup in 2006.
Adidas have revealed the golden boots that Lionel Messi will wear at the World Cup in Qatar
Messi will wear his new boots for the first time in Argentina’s opener against Saudi Arabia
Messi has won everything there is to win throughout his legendary career – except for the World Cup.
The closest he came to lifting football’s biggest trophy came in 2014, when Argentina were on the wrong side of a 1-0 defeat to Germany.
Argentina, who won the Copa America last year, are one of the heavy favourites to win it all in Qatar this winter.
And they will hope that the colour of Messi’s boots for the World Cup, will reflect how they perform in Qatar.
Messi previously revealed that Qatar would be the final World Cup of his illustrious career
The boots have blue and white detailing to represent the colours of the Argentinian flag
The Adidas X Speedportal boot is primarily gold, but with blue and white detailing to represent the colours of the Argentinian flag – along with a black stripe down the back.
They are part of a pack entitled Leyenda, which in Spanish, translates to legend.
Messi will wear the special-edition model for the first time against Saudi Arabia on November 22 and throughout the rest of the World Cup.
As well as Saudi Arabia, Argentina will face Mexico and Poland as part of Group D.
Back in October, Messi told Argentine journalist Sebastian Vignolo: ‘This will be my last World Cup — for sure. The decision has been made.
Messi is set to play in his fifth World Cup in Qatar and has scored six goals in the previous four editions of the tournament.
Four of those came in 2014 when the PSG star led Argentina to the final where they were beaten 1-0 by Germany after extra-time.
The World Cup is the only trophy missing from the Argentine legend’s iconic CV
Argentina’s World Cup campaign gets underway on November 22 against Saudi Arabia
He may have missed out on winning silverware with his country then, but he finally got his hands on an international trophy when he lifted the Copa America last year in Brazil.
Messi’s record for Argentina stands at 91 goals in 165 games, making him the third-highest goalscorer ever in men’s international football behind Cristiano Ronaldo (117) and Iran’s Ali Daei (109).
Messi announced his retirement from international football in 2016 after losing in the Copa America final against Chile, but he quickly reversed his decision and has remained the captain of the team ever since.