The 35-year-old scored twice in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Honduras, the second of which was a lovely chip.

Argentina is unbeaten in 34 matches, and expectations are high for this winter’s World Cup in Qatar.

In the meantime, the rest of the team adores Messi and has adopted his nickname.

According to the Mirror, Messi wrote on social media, “As the weasel stings.”

Papu Gomez, a midfielder, was the first to comment, saying, “The weasel is insane.”

As a result, Messi is dubbed a weasel by his peers. Nobody could have predicted that.

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is regularly called the ‘G.O.A.T’ (Greatest Of All Time) and the acronym is even on the sleeve of Paris Saint-Germain’s shirts this season.

‘GOAT,’ a sneaker marketplace comparable to Stock X, is PSG’s new sleeve sponsor. Before someone gets too fired up, it’s not a Messi tribute.

Despite Argentina’s lack of World Cup success since 1986, Lionel Scaloni’s team is among the favourites for the tournament.

They won the Copa America in 2021 and defeated European Champions Italy in the Finalissima in June.

It’s likely to be Messi’s final World Cup, and he’s hopeful ‘La Albiceleste’ can carry a fully healthy squad, given how many club games there are between now and the tournament, which begins in November.

He told TyC Sports: “I think it is complicated at the level of matches, there are many games and little rest time but you have to face it as always, if you are going to play thinking about the World Cup, taking care of yourself or not messing up in the end can be worse.

“I am one of those who think that things happen because they happen and if things have to happen they will happen, God willing nothing happens to anyone and we can all arrive as we are.”

Argentina are in Group C along with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. They will start their campaign against Saudi Arabia on November 22.