Lionel Messi believed that the current Argentina side can get to the World Cup final like they did in 2014
FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will most likely be Messi’s last appearance in the competition.
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) November 17, 2022
“The main and most important thing is to be a strong and united group”
Lionel Messi sees similarities between this Argentina side and the one that agonisingly missed out on FIFA World Cup glory in 2014.
🗓 #MessiOnThisDay in 2014
7 years ago today, Messi bagged a brace against Nigeria in their World Cup group stage match, including this brilliant free kick goal.
— MessivsRonaldo.app (@mvsrapp) June 25, 2021
🇦🇷 Lionel Messi has illuminated the FIFA World Cup from Germany 2006, South Africa 2010,Brazil 2014 & Russia 2018.
🏆Golden Ball winner in 2014
⚽️Only man to score in his teens, 20s & 30s
🐐Only player to get an assist at 4 editions
— World Cup Stats (@alimo_philip) October 7, 2022
Argentina arrived Qatar and looking to lift the trophy for the first time since 1986.
Lionel Messi in World Cup’s.
• 2006 – Played 3, Scored 1
• 2010 – Played 5, Scored 0
• 2014 – Played 7, Scored 4
• 2018 – Played 4, Scored 1
Pretty piss poor when you consider he’s considered the GOAT….🤷
He’ll be remembered for when he shat himself in the final. pic.twitter.com/JkQcWFrAjT
— Billy Meredith (@MUFC1908) July 17, 2022
Former FC Barcelona legend Messi, who now plays for Paris Saint-Germain, has said it is likely to be his final World Cup.
He has yet to win the biggest prize in international football, though he helped Argentina to the Copa America title in 2021, finishing as joint-top scorer with four goals.
The greatest clip you can watch is Lionel Messi's joy in achieving the Copa America is the best event that happened in 2021 that cannot be forgotten🐐🇦🇷
— Leo Messi (@Messi_10_30) December 11, 2021
Lionel Messi won the Golden Ball in 2014 after inspiring Argentina to the final, only to be left watching Germany celebrate following Mario Gotze’s extra-time winner.
But, speaking ahead of the 2022 competition, Messi appeared to suggest this Argentina squad has the unity to go as far as the 2014 team.
“At the 2014 World Cup, we performed very well. It was an unforgettable experience,” Messi said.
“I enjoyed it a lot and where it became clear to me more than ever that the main and most important thing is to be a strong and united group.
“That ultimately leads you to the important goal. Today I feel a lot of similarities between this group and the one from 2014.”
Lionel Scaloni’s side have not lost since their 2-0 Copa America defeat to Brazil in the 2019 Copa America final, a run of 35 games unbeaten.
They begin their World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on 22 November, before facing Mexico and Poland in their other Group C matches.