Argentine star Lionel Messi called on his country’s citizens to be wise about Albiceleste’s chances of winning the 2022 World Cup, during an interview with an Argentine newspaper, Saturday, about a week before the start of the World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentine team, which won the Copa America title in its last version, is considered one of the candidates for the coronation in Qatar, but the 35-year-old captain of the “Tango” team told the sports newspaper “Ole”: “We will fight for the title, but we will not be automatic champions, as the Argentines believe. ».
“It is wrong to think about the round of 16, you must think about the first match, it is necessary to start with the right step and win the three matches in the group stage,” the Paris Saint-Germain player confirmed.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will lead a 26-player squad that includes Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala, who have returned after recovering from injury.
Messi said: “We will go through difficult times, but this group is prepared for the worst, it was formed when we lost in the semi-finals of the Copa America in 2019 against Brazil, and from there, it produced what it achieved,” referring to Argentina’s victory in the 2021 Copa America final and winning the fifteenth title. in its history.
Argentina, twice winner of the World Cup in 1978 and 1986, begins its campaign in the current version in the third group competition against the Saudi national team on November 22, before facing Mexico and Poland on the 26 and 29 of the same month.