Lionel Messi has revealed he has not yet made any plans for a career in management when he retires from football but is refusing to rule anything out.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is preparing to lead Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia with Saturday’s Group D opener against Iceland fast approaching. 

Russia is likely to be Messi’s final chance to win the World Cup while at the peak of his powers – he will be 34 by the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. 

Lionel Messi is set to lead his country Argentina at the World Cup after arriving in Moscow

But despite entering the twilight years of his playing career, Messi has not yet made any plans to go into management after he hangs up his boots.

‘I haven’t thought about it,’ Messi told Spanish outlet Sport. ‘I don’t want to. Everyone lives in their own way – I try to go year after year, calmly. 

‘When the day arrives, we will see. I will find the path to follow, I will grab hold of it and we will see how everything goes. Right now I don’t see myself as a manager.’ 

Messi insists he has yet to make his mind up over his future when he hangs up his playing boots

Messi insists he has yet to make his mind up over his future when he hangs up his playing boots

Messi insists he has yet to make his mind up over his future when he hangs up his playing boots

Former Real Madrid player Zinedine Zidane recently enjoyed a trophy-laden spell as manager of his former team, winning three Champions League titles before announcing his shock departure last month. 

And Messi feels Zidane’s situation, who said he’d never become a manager during his playing days, is evidence footballers can’t predict what may happen in the future.

‘I heard Zidane once say he would never be a manager and after he ended up going into it,’ Messi said. ‘I don’t see myself coaching but I don’t know what will happen.’

The 30-year-old will carry the weight of a nation's expectation on his shoulders in Russia

The 30-year-old will carry the weight of a nation's expectation on his shoulders in Russia

The 30-year-old will carry the weight of a nation’s expectation on his shoulders in Russia

Diego Maradona, who Messi is regularly compared to in the debate over the greatest footballers of all time, had a two-year spell in charge of the Argentine national team. 

Messi featured under Maradona during Argentina’s 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa as they reached the quarter-finals of the tournament. 

The Barcelona icon reached the final in the 2014 tournament but suffered heartbreak as Argentina were beaten by an extra-time winner from Germany’s Mario Goetze.

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