Argentine star Lionel Messi called on his compatriots to be cautious about Albiceleste’s chances of winning the World Cup, during an interview with an Argentine newspaper on Saturday, a week before the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The Argentine team, which won the Copa América title in its latest 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 We will fight to get it (the title), but we will not be automatic heroes, as the Argentines believe.
And the French player for Paris Saint-Germain confirmed: “It’s wrong to think about the round of 16, you have to think about the first game. You have to start with the right step and win all three games (in the group stage)”.
The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner will lead a 26-player squad that includes Ángel Di María and Paulo Dybala, who have both returned from injury.
“We will go through difficult times, but this group is prepared for the worst,” Messi said. It was formed when we lost the semifinals of the Copa América in 2019 against Brazil. From there I produced what I achieved”, in reference to Argentina’s victory in the 2021 Copa América final and winning the fifteenth title in its history.
Argentina, two-time World Cup winners in 1978 and 1986, kick off their campaign in the current version in Group C competition against Saudi Arabia on November 22, before facing Mexico and Poland on November 26-29. .