The Argentina team appears to be one of the serious candidates for the title in Qatar, and will have to do well in Group C against Saudi Arabia, Poland and Mexico.
The Argentine selection led by superstar Lionel Messi, one of the favorites of the World Cup-2022, landed in Qatar this Thursday at 2:30 a.m. from Abu Dhabi. The Albiceleste, who had beaten the United Arab Emirates 5-0 a few hours before in a friendly match, will compete on Tuesday against Saudi Arabia, in Group C which also includes Mexico and Poland.
Last chance for the Parisian striker?
For Messi, who will play his fifth World Cup at the age of 35, this edition in Qatar undoubtedly represents his last chance to seize the most prestigious title in world football.
The Paris SG striker won the U20 World Cup with his national team in 2005, the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the Copa America in 2021, in the prestigious Brazilian Maracana stadium.
In this same stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the seven-time Ballon d’Or had reached the final of the 2014 World Cup, lost to Germany (1-0).
The Argentina team appears to be one of the serious candidates for the title in Qatar: it stretched its unbeaten run at the Emirates on Wednesday to 36 matches, a length of the record held by the Italian team since 2021. During this meeting Messi scored a goal, his 91st in selection.