Argentina, one of the game’s traditional powerhouses, might return to its old position as a key force to be reckoned with at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but it could also be the final hurrah for one of the game’s greatest ever players.
By the time the finals take place, Lionel Messi will be 35 years old, and many see Qatar as his final chance to add the World Cup trophy to his already crowded trophy cabinet and cap off a spectacular career.
Without a doubt, he will be the star name for the South Americans, who are Copa America champions after defeating arch-rivals Brazil in the final last year, but Lionel Scaolini’s side also has plenty of other talent, not least in the form of Angel Di Maria, who scored the game-winning goal in that Copa final victory.
The World Cup is one of the only big prizes that Lionel Messi has yet to win in his stellar career. Argentina’s squad, which he will lead, will do all possible to ensure that Messi wins the event as some may assume to be his 5th and final participation.
Messi & Argentina were both on a quest for the Copa America in 2021, & it was clear from the outset. Argentina’s senior national team won their first major championship after 28 years during that tournament, & Messi finally received his 1st piece of silverware with the Albiceleste.
Lionel Scaloni Argentina’s manager has constructed a strong & deep group around the captain, & the team has swag about it. It has served them well throughout a long undefeated streak, prompting many to conclude that this is Argentina’s best & most balanced squad yet. They breezed through qualification as well, going undefeated and securing a trip to Qatar just with a few games remaining.
A 3rd World Cup title for Argentina & a 1st for Messi would be a spectacular World Cup, as Messi tries to emulate the accomplishment of another Argentinian legend, Diego Maradona, who had led the side to victory in the year 1986.
Argentina has been assigned to Group C of the World Cup
Messi will be focused not just on team honours, but also on proving that he can still deserve the label of finest player in present times, even late in his career & he will get the opportunity to do it in the group that has Messi’s Ballon d’Or successor, Robert Lewandowski from Poland.
Poland could prove to be a formidable opponent, having advanced through the European playoffs after being drawn with England in early qualifying stages. However, Poland is not the only threat, Group C also has Mexico.
El Tri had to content with a second place in CONCACAF area to qualify for Qatar; however they have a lot of firepower & will be looking for an upset against Argentina on November 26.
Saudi Arabia is among the tournament’s lowest-ranked teams, may have ambitions of causing upset to the more established powers, however, they will have their work cut out for them in the opening match of the group against Scaloni’s men.
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Argentina FIFA WC 2022 Schedule
|Tuesday, Nov. 22||Argentina vs. S. Arabia||5 a.m.||Lusail Stadium|
|Saturday, Nov. 26||Argentina vs. Mexico||2 p.m.||Lusail Stadium|
|Wednesday, Nov. 30||Poland vs. Argentina||2 p.m.||Stadium 974|