Lionel Messi will embark on Tuesday on what will surely be his last chance to win the World Cup, with Argentina and holders France both in action in Qatar.
Lionel Messi will embark on Tuesday on what will surely be his last chance to win the World Cup, with Argentina and holders France both in action in Qatar. After England thumped Iran 6- 2 to showcase their title credentials, day three of one of the most controversial World Mugs in history will have four matches. Messi and his explosively fancied Argentina side are over first when they face Saudi Arabia in Group C, followed by Denmark versus Tunisia in GroupD.
The evening matches are Robert Lewandowski’s Poland against Mexico in Group C and the last game of the day tees up reigning titleholders France, commanded by Kylian Mbappe, versus Australia in GroupD. important of the attention however will be on forward Messi.
The 35- time-old has won enough much it all and is one of the topmost footballers of all time, but World Cup glory has escaped him and this is surely his last time to amend that striking elision.
” It’s presumably my last FIFA World Cup, my last chance to land this great dream that we all have,” Messi told journalists in Doha on Monday.
” I do not know if this is my happiest moment, but I feel great.
” I am aged, more mature, I want to make the utmost of everything, to live it with the maximum intensity and to enjoy every moment that I have.”
In recent days, Messi has doubly trained piecemeal from the rest of the team but he moved to dispell any enterprises amongst Argentines that he might not be fit for Saudi Arabia.
” I trained piecemeal because I had a knock, it was preventative, but nothing unusual,” he said.
Argentina head into the event as Copa America holders and unbeaten in 36 matches dating back to 2019.
Still, his Paris Saint- Germain platoon- mate Mbappe is only still starting his, If Messi is approaching the end of one of football’s topmost careers.
And the 23- time-old could be in for a field day against an Australia side who are lacking the stars of yore and demanded an redundant qualifier to reach Qatar.
Like when Argentina face Saudi Arabia, anything other than a palm for holders France would be a huge shock.
Didier Deschamps is missing Paul Pogba and Ballond Or winner Karim Benzema, both out of the event through injury, and the French trainer said that puts indeed further onus on Mbappe.
” He has always had the capability to make the difference and we will need that,” said Deschamps.
” He has the capability to be decisive at any moment, unlike numerous other players.”
Mbappe, who turns 24 coming month, will lead a French attack in which Olivier Giroud is now anticipated to start in the absence of Benzema.
Lewandowski is the third of the three world- class bushwhackers on display on Tuesday, but for his all goalscoring exploits down the times, the 34- time-old is yet to score at a World Cup.
The Barcelona bloodsucker has struck 25 times across the last two World Cup qualifying juggernauts, but has yet to open his account at the tests.
Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny believes Lewandowski will break his duck in Qatar as Poland aim to reach the knockout phase for the first time since 1986.
” I suppose it’s surely important for him( to score),” Szczesny told journalists on the dusk of Poland’s opening game against Mexico.
” He is veritably motivated before the World Cup. No bone doubts that Robert is one of the stylish players in the world right now.” Know More FIFA News…