The Argentine captain and scorer, Lionel Messi, will resume his romance with the Albiceleste on the triple date of the South American qualifier for the Qatar-2022 World Cup
The Argentine captain and scorer, Lionel Messi, will resume his romance with the Albiceleste on the triple date of the South American qualifier for the Qatar-2022 World Cup, the only pearl that he needs to add to his trophy necklace.
At the age of 34, Messi reiterated the greatest ambition that he still holds in his heart: ” I want to win a World Cup .” In principle, he broke a spell of not being able to triumph in a senior championship with the Argentine team by winning the Copa América against Brazil (1-0) on July 11 at the Maracanã stadium.
DT Lionel Scaloni, always highly praised by the star, confirmed, without great surprises, a squad with Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martínez among those who could finally accompany La Pulga in the attack.
Sergio ‘Kun’ Agüero and Mauro Icardi were left out due to injuries. Scaloni also reaffirmed the validity with the Albiceleste of Ángel Dí María, author of a beautiful hole-in-the-hole goal to beat the Brazilians.
I trust this group a lot. He always pulls forward, said who had a sad farewell to FC Barcelona in Spain, after a brilliant career. He has made the leap to Paris Saint-Germaín (PSG), where he has not yet made his debut.
Argentina must-visit Venezuela on September 2 and then Brazil on September 5 in what will be the de facto rematch of the final cup in Rio. The triple program will be completed by hosting Bolivia on September 9.
You have to take advantage of the clean and jerk (of the America’s Cup) and especially this group of players. I told them that they were the future of the National Team and I was not wrong, said Messi after the South American conquest.
The leader of the qualifier is Brazil, with the idea of 18 points in six games. Argentina escorts him with 12 units, Ecuador is third with 9, and Uruguay and Colombia follow them with 8 units.
The regional pre-world tournament grants four direct places to the World Cup and the fifth for an intercontinental play-off.
Against Venezuela, Scaloni will not be able to count on Leandro Paredes or Cristian Romero, the defender who was the great appearance in defense and has just been transferred to English Tottenham Hotspur. Both suffer suspensions.
There are seven players who, if they receive one more yellow card, will be automatically disqualified for one match, just in front of Brazil.
Lautaro Martínez, Rodrigo De Paul, Nicolás Tagliafico, Giovani Lo Celso, Gonzalo Montiel, Lucas Martínez Quarta and Exequiel Palacios are in the chapel.
From the riverplatnese quarry, Julián Álvarez comes out. One casualty for the arch is that of Agustín Masrchesín, who recently had a meniscus operation.
The eyes of the football world will undoubtedly be on the South American super classic between Argentina and Brazil, which will be played on September 5 in Sao Paulo, corresponding to the sixth date, postponed in March due to the covid pandemic.
Friends in life, former teammates of Barça, and future partners in PSG where the Argentine captain has not made his debut yet, Messi and Neymar will meet again to revive the South American final.
The complete list for Argentina is as follows :
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate, ARG), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa, ENG), Juan Musso (Atalanta, ITA), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal, ESP).
Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla, ESP), Nahuel Molina (Udinese, ITA), Cristian Romero (Tottenham, ENG), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica, POR), Juan Foyth (Villarreal, ESP), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina, ITA) , Germán Pezzella (Betis, ESP), Lisandro Martínez (Ajax, NED), Nicolás Tagliafico (Ajax, NED), and Marcos Acuña (Sevilla, ESP).
Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Atlético Madrid, ESP), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain, FRA), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur, ENG), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen, GER), Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis, ESP) , Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna, ITA), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla, ESP), Ángel Di María (PSG, FRA).
Forwards: Lionel Messi (PSG, FRA), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa, ENG), Lautaro Martínez (Inter, ITA), Nicolás González (Fiorentina, ITA), Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid, ESP), Julián Álvarez (River, ARG ), Joaquín Correa (Lazio, ITA), Paulo Dybala (Juventus, ITA).