In just a few days, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will begin, and everyone—including Lionel Messi—already have an opinion on which nation is the favorite going into the competition.
The 35-year-old gave his three predictions for the competition's winners during an interview that was broadcasted on ESPN Argentina: Brazil and Argentina's traditional rivals, England, are on the PSG forward's list of possible winners.
He also mentioned the 2018 World Cup champions France. If they were to repeat their triumph in Russia, France cannot be discounted as one of the favorites. They would join Italy (1934 and 1938) and Brazil as the third national team to win back-to-back World Cups (1958 and 1962)
Despite having players who are injured, Messi believes France has terrible potential. They have a lot of players, and their coach has been working with them for a while.
"The contenders are typically the big teams. However, if I had to choose one [team] over the rest, I would say that Brazil, France, and England are slightly superior to the rest right now.
“Brazil has a large number of players and a block of elite players to form the disparity. It's difficult to win because they have a nine and Ney” Messi Added.
Some may now wonder why Messi didn't refer to Argentina, his country of origin. Given that they are the team that must prevail in the fight for Messi, it is possible that the seasoned forward wants to avoid adding any further pressure to the team that is already under it.
The team's goal is to give the PSG player the happy-ever-after ending, allowing him to round off his international career with a World Cup. Declaring that they are the favorites may put the squad under unneeded pressure as they prepare for the competition.
Argentina defeated Brazil in the Copa America final on the strength of a goal from Angel di Maria, Messi now has his sights set on winning the World Cup, the one prize that has eluded him throughout his distinguished career.
On November 22, Argentina's Group C campaign against Saudi Arabia gets underway. There is some glamour surrounding Argentina and Messi, in the fact that this will be the last World Cup we get to see La Pulga on the international scene and fans are hoping he can end it on a high.