With Argentina, Lionel Messi will strive to win the World Cup for the fifth time when the competition begins this year in Qatar on November 20 and concludes on December 18.
Lionel Messi, the captain of Argentina, is more worried than England about Brazil and France ruining his World Cup ambition in Qatar.
The Three Lions, Brazil, France, and Argentina are the four teams that the bookmakers are placing as the large favorites to win this year’s event, which begins on November 18 and ends on December 20. The current winners are France, who triumphed in Russia four years ago.
Since then, England has advanced to the final of Euro 2020, and both Brazil and Argentina have won the Copa America. Italy, the winner of the later competition, did not qualify for the World Cup. The Netherlands, Germany, and Spain are also up for grabs with the bookmakers.
However, Messi is mainly concerned about France and Brazil. According to RMC Sport, he stated to Argentine source DirecTV that he forgot some of the major teams, like Brazil, Germany, France, England, and Spain, while referring to the favorites. But if he must keep one or two, Brazil and France are currently his two top picks for the 2017 World Cup.
Messi’s final opportunity to win the World Cup will be in this year’s edition when he will turn 35. The World Cup remains the only significant award that eludes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner despite having won 11 league championships, four Champions Leagues, and the Copa America.
Messi played in his first World Cup in 2006 for Argentina, who lost to host Germany on penalties in the quarterfinals. Four years later, playing for Diego Maradona, they met the same end against the same South African team, losing 4-0.
In the 2014 World Cup final, Germany defeated Argentina 1-0 after extra time, bringing heartbreak for Messi and Argentina to a hat-trick. Even Nevertheless, Messi had a fantastic World Cup in Brazil, taking home the Golden Ball after being chosen as the best player.