Updated: Nov 26, 2022
Argentina will look to make it a record of 37 wins in all competitions when they take on Saudi Arabia, this afternoon. And their talisman, Lionel Messi will be beginning his trial of winning the World cup at least before he hangs his shoes.
Argentina Vs. Saudi Arabia will kickoff at 1:00PM EAT and will be played at the Lusail Iconic stadium in Doha.
This edition could surely be Messi's last, and the 35 year old Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) forward knows there may not be any other tournament for him to win than this one if he is to cement his position at the helm of the beautiful game.
The Rosario born sensation has won numerous accolades at club level including a record of seven Ballon do’r awards, but is yet to win the FIFA World Cup. The only piece still keeping him behind the game's icons like; Pele and his own idol and country mate, the Late Diego Amando Maradona.
When the South American champions play Saudi Arabia this afternoon, Messi’s main focus will most probably be on starting this edition with the rhythm that would see them go all the way to victory at last and given their imperious form, Saudi Arabia could be up for an uphill task.
Messi's coach, Lionel Scaloni has seen Argentina chance from a terrible side four years ago to a team that has now gone 36 games unbeaten and winning two international trophies in the process with the Copa America standing out, it being Leo's first major international accolade.
This team has also been tipped to win the world cup by technology and football experts though they trail arch rivals, Brazil in terms of expectations.
Messi has played in the last four editions of the World Cup and the only time he came closer to victory was in 2014 only to be shocked by a less expected Mario Gotze goal that gave Germany late victory in Rio De Janeiro. He has assured the public that he is fit to give his best despite rumors of fitness worries in the buildup.
Argentina is in group C alongside Mexico, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
We wish he could make a big statement in today’s game as he is expected.