At the 2022 World Cup, Messi was in sensational form for Argentina and pulled his team back into the competition following their shocking opening defeat to Saudi Arabia.

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The seven-time winner of the Ballon d’Or received the Golden Ball honour and fell short of Kylian Mbappe, a teammate at Paris Saint-Germain, in the Golden Boot competition.

Argentina defeated France in a thrilling World Cup final, with Messi scoring twice, giving Lionel Scaloni’s team their long-awaited third World Cup trophy.

After the passing of his father in June 2022, Tevez, who played alongside Messi for Argentina, decided to end his glittering playing career.

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The 38-year-old Argentine played for Juventus and Shanghai Shenhua after having successful runs with Manchester United and Manchester City.

Tevez took over as the head coach of Argentine team Rosario Central after his career came to an end, however he left that position only five months later.

“I didn’t follow the World Cup in Qatar very closely but I saw France a lot because it was a team that I liked,” Tevez told Radio Mitre, as per Marca.

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“I have not written to Messi because his phone must have been blown up. It makes me very happy that my children celebrated his goals.”

Tevez continued: “As soon as I left Rosario Central, I received a call from Independiente, but I don’t have the need to go out and manage anything.

“Being a coach was a good experience, I loved it. The strategy part was what I liked the most.

 “Now I’m enjoying the moments of life. I am with the family [on] the ranch that I have. I like to enjoy the affection of the people.”

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