As the 2026 World Cup qualifiers begin, Lionel Messi is back

Lionel Messi, who had a stellar start to his Major League Soccer career, is back in action this week for Argentina as South America begins its arduous qualifying process for the 2026 World Cup. In Qatar nine months ago, Messi led Argentina to the World Cup victory, capping off a dazzling career that cemented him as the greatest player of his generation. The small 36-year-old superstar’s life has seen a time of instability since that unforgettable night in Doha.