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Messi picks Brazil, France, England as Qatar World Cup favourites

The 35-year-old PSG forward hopes to help Argentina win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

• November 15, 2022
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi (Credit: Pundit Arena)

Argentina’s Lionel Messi has picked Brazil, France and England as the biggest threats to his dream of finally adding a FIFA World Cup winners’ medal to his bulging trophy cabinet.

The 35-year-old Paris St-Germain forward will again shoulder Argentina’s hopes in Qatar as they bid to deliver the South American country’s third world title and first since 1986.

“Whenever we talk about candidates, we always talk about the same teams,” Messi said. “If I have to put some above others, I think Brazil, France and England are a little bit above the rest. But the World Cup is so difficult and complicated that anything can happen.”

Messi reached the final with Argentina in 2014 but suffered an extra-time defeat to Germany.

Copa American champions Argentina are unbeaten in 35 games, and if this is to be Messi’s final World Cup, they are in the form to deliver the title.

“We are very excited. We have a very eager and very nice group, but we think about going little by little,” he said.

“We hope to start the World Cup in the best way to face everything that comes after. The more you play, and the more time you spend on the pitch, the more you get to know each other,” Messi added.

Argentina’s opening Group C match is against Saudi Arabia before they face Mexico and Poland.


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