The 2022 FIFA World Cup is nearly a month away, and many realize that the tournament is right around the corner. Lionel Messi is entering his last competition but isn’t declaring Argentina as the favorite.
In a recent interview with the Argentinian channel DIRECTV, the Paris Saint-Germain star laid out who, for him are the favorites heading into the World Cup.
“The big national teams, Brazil, Germany, France, England, Spain, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some of them,” Messi said. “But if I have to keep one or two, today, I believe that Brazil and France are the two big candidates for this World Cup.”
“They have had the same group for a long time. France, beyond the last Euro where it went badly, they have impressive players, the same coach for a long time. Brazil too. Today ‘today, I think they are the two favorites, even if all the big selections are candidates.”
Despite Messi playing the humble card in the interview, the 35-year-old and the Argentina national team are one of the favorites to win the World Cup. Nonetheless, the veteran forward recently shared concerns over injuries to players who could be going to Qatar with Argentina.
There’s no doubt that many will be rooting for the storybook ending that will see Messi riding into the sunset with the World Cup, the trophy that has long eluded him in his career.
In his first season with PSG, Messi struggled, but he’s now performing at a high level in year two with PSG to head into the tournament with confidence and in good form.