La Selección is one of the favorites to take home the World Cup 2022 title and expected that Lionel Messi will deliver in his final World Cup stint.
This final World Cup stint will be having the most weight upon the 5 ‘7 striker from Argentina, Lionel Messi to deliver greatness and immortality in this modern era of football for the Argentina National team. Even for the greatest and successful footballers in the history of sport, this burden that Messi is carrying is too great to hold. In the 2014 World Cup, they almost took home the trophy but fell short over the mighty Germans, in 2018 it was a disappointment after just a round of 16 exit. This 2022, after his announcement of retiring from international football, the FIFA World Cup 2022 atmosphere became thicker, hazy, yet so inspiring and motivational to watch how Messi will unveil the path for Argentina at the peak. Here’s the things you must expect from team Argentina this World Cup.
Argentina will demolish Group C
Last summer, Messi and the team Argentina experienced the glory that they have all-been waiting for as they clinched the 2021 Copa America. It was a stunning scene. A final whistle that serves as a marching sound for the entire team to give their praise to Messi.
Currently, La Seleccion is on a 35-game unbeaten streak since the 2019 COPA America 3rd place finish. They also finished the Conmebol World Cup Qualifying with an 11-6-0 record and sat in the second spot. So, it is expected, by retaining most of the squad this World Cup, they will have a smooth road to the knockout stage as they will rout Group C that includes the likes of Saudi Arabia (51st ranked), Mexico (13th ranked), and Poland (26th ranked). Although it was not considered an easy group, everyone expected Argentina to top the group, so beating these teams will be a test to also beat other contenders in the tournament.
Argentina can count on Messi
“There’s some anxiety and nerves at the same time. It is the last one” – Lionel Messi
At 35, Lionel Messi will have his final shot at the 2022 World Cup to emulate Diego Maradona’s legendary career and lift Argentina to a glory that they have been waiting for almost two decades in the World Cup. He almost had a shot eight years ago, but they suffered a devastating defeat in the final against Germany.
His outstanding international FIFA resume playing for Argentina will surely be to his advantage, his 91 goals in 164 appearances for his nation, his experience of facing major disappointments and defeats since the year he joined the national team 18 years ago, in 2006 World Cup. Him as a leader will be a great leap for the national team coming into Qatar, it was proven when they won the Copa America. Lastly, he is in a great condition and in excellent form, with 12 goals and 14 assists he tallied so far across 18 games for his club Paris Saint-Germain this season.
The squad and the starting XI is a championship caliber
La Selección will send a strong squad this Qatar World Cup 2022 that are made up of international veterans other than Messi in the likes of Paulo Dybala, Angel Di Maria, and Julian Alvarez. These three will provide huge contributions in Argentina’s quest for the 2022 World Cup title to make Lionel Messi’s final appearance a memorable one. The average age of Argentina’s squad is 28 years old.
Emiliano Martinez (Goalkeeper), Cristian Romero (Defender), Nahuel Molina (Defender), Nicolas Otamendi (Defender), Marcos Acuna (Defender), Rodrigo De Paul (Midfielder), Leandro Paredes (Midfielder), Mac Allister (Midfielder), Lionel Messi (Forward), Angel Di Maria (Forward), Lautaro Martinez (Forward).
Messi and Argentina’s final chapter is lifting the World Cup trophy
After series of failures, disappointments, and setback, Argentina will once again prove that they are legit contender, a COPA America Champion, a team that is worth to lift the trophy to continued the World Champion culture rooted from South America – La Seleccion will once again display the beautiful ending of another legendary Argentine career of a 5’7 forward from Rosario, Argentina with a World Cup trophy in his hand, ending the 36 years drought. From Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup and to Lionel Messi’s 2022 World Cup.
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