Real Betis’ Star Defender Explains Why Messi Represents 2022 World Cup Squad, Argentina Fans

Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi is about two months removed from winning the 2022 FIFA World Cup and players from the squad continue to discuss the 35-year-old’s role. 

Real Betis defender Germán Pezzella shared Messi’s influence on the team and why the former FC Barcelona is the perfect symbol to represent the squad, but also the many Argentinians who were rooting for the team at home. 

“I think Leo perfectly represents the group that was inside and the Argentine fan,” Pezzella told DSports in a recent interview. “I think it is the representation of all of us as teammates, as players, as fans of the national team and of the people who were at home watching it.”

In March, Messi and La Albiceleste squad will play at home as the world champions during the international window. Additionally, the veteran will likely be part of the national team heading into the 2024 Copa America, where they’ll look to defend that crown. 

While there’s a push to keep Messi as part of the national team heading into the 2026 World Cup, they’ll eventually need to begin preparations for life after Messi heading into that tournament in North America.

Argentina and their fans will likely have the PSG for the rest of this year and half of 2024 leading into the summer tournament, so everyone will need to cherish every minute Messi is out there for his national team.

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