Argentina captain Lionel Messi has arrived in Abu Dhabi and joined the rest of the squad to prepare for the World Cup. “La Seleccion” will be drawn in Group C with Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. Argentina will face Saudi Arabia on November 22 at the Lusail Stadium.
Argentina were too much for the 35-year-old’s talismanic loss against Germany since their 1-0 defeat in the 2014 World Cup final. They lost to eventual champions France in the round of 16 in the top flight in 2018. Since then, Argentina won the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 Finalissima under Lionel Scalon.
This is Lionel Messi’s fifth World Cup and could be his last. He scored 90 goals in 164 international matches. He made his debut aged 18 in a friendly against Hungary, but was sent off just two minutes after coming on. Since then, he has created a legacy to rival the legendary Diego Maradona, with a World Cup win adding to Messi’s list of accolades.
Argentina face the United Arab Emirates (UAE) before leaving for Qatar. Scaloni named a 26-man squad full of young talent and experienced managers. Copa America hero Emiliano Martinez remains number one. Lisandro Martinez and Cristian Romero, the other outstanding stars of the Premier League, also find a place among the experienced defenders.
Rodrigo De Paul of Atletico Madrid and Leandro Paredes of Juventus lead the midfield. There is no shortage of quality among the forwards. Inter’s Lautaro Martinez and Manchester City’s Joaquin Correa and Julian Alvarez join the reliable Angel Di Maria and Messi. Paulo Dybala is also in the squad, although he has not fully recovered from his injuries.
When a team finds its stride, it’s a tough force to stop. Combining this with the returning magic of Lionel Messi joins Argentina camp FIFA World Cup 2022., Argentina will look to right the wrongs of previous editions and lift the coveted trophy. Messi often saves his best for the big occasions and has been in killer form at Paris Saint Germain.
He has seven goals and 10 assists in 13 league games and four goals in five Champions League starts. He is in good competition for club and country and has scored the third most goals in Europe’s top five leagues. Lionel Messi joins Argentina camp FIFA World Cup 2022. could be his last visit and he will enjoy every moment leading his country in Qatar.