Lionel Scaloni’s plans may have included the former forward, and he could still play a key role in the team’s quest for glory.
Sergio Aguero has stated that he will be in Qatar 2022 with Argentina later this year, and the former striker has hinted that he may be set for a World Cup coaching role with the Albiceleste after his retirement.
If he had still been playing, the ex-Manchester City veteran, who was forced to cut short his transfer to Barcelona last year due to heart problems, may have been in contention to play for Lionel Scaloni’s team in the Middle East in November.
However, the 33-year-old has stated that he would attend the tournament nonetheless, and that he intends to play a role in the national team’s effort to win its first World Cup since 1986.
“I am going to the Qatar World Cup,” Aguero told Radio 10. “This week we are going to have a meeting. I want to be there. There is the idea of joining the coaching staff, I spoke with Scaloni and also with Chiqui Tapia. We have to try it, give it a spin.”
The forward admitted that it could well be an odd experience sitting on the opposite side of the fence after playing in three World Cups, adding: “I want to be there, but what happens? The reality is that if I go to the World Cup I’m going to be with the boys, I’m going to go to training.
“That’s not a problem. Clearly I’m going to be there, I’m going to go. If it’s not with the national team, I’m going to go and I’m going to be with the boys. But I’m going to go a little bit to motivate them.”
Argentina are seeking to make up for a disappointing showing in Russia 2018 and go one better than the misery of Brazil 2014, when they were defeated by Germany in the final.
Aguero certainly thinks they have the chance to succeed, adding: “I’m not here today, but when the Copa America was won, the team was very confident. I think it’s also important that Scaloni has already found the team, the group a little bit.
“That makes it a little stronger in such short games. You have three group stage games and then elimination. Scaloni has experience as assistant coach in World Cups and as a player. That influences [things]. We are very good.”