The FIFA World Cup is inching closer, and the 2022 edition in Qatar likely is the last for Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi; the 34-year-old wants to leave with the trophy that has long eluded him in his career.
Last summer, the Argentina national team won the Copa America with a win over Brazil, giving Messi his first international trophy. Now they’ll be looking to career that momentum into the World Cup later this year.
In an interview where TNT Sports Argentina relayed his remarks, Mario Kempes spoke about the mentality of La Albiceleste as they begin preparations for Qatar this summer with some friendlies.
“I see it much better, with self-confidence, with personality. They know that they have to sacrifice themselves for Messi,” Kempes said.
Argentina is in a group where they are the favorite to advance into the knockout stages as they’re in Group C with Mexico, Poland, and Saudi Arabia. After their 2018 performance, where they crashed out in the quarterfinals, they’ll be expected to be one of the nations to lift the trophy.