Argentina – The White and Blues, two-time champions and 2014 runners-up field a strong and unbeaten side at the World Cup 2022.
The Argentines are one of the favorites to win the World Cup. The CONMEBOL champions are led by the legend Lionel Messi, who lacks a World Cup in his trophy cabinet. The forwards are strong, and Messi does not have to rely on himself to take his team to glory. Martinez, Dybala, Alvarez, and Di Maria provide huge promise in the forefront. The mid is also equally built. Scaloni can play multiple combinations using Paredes, Gomez, de Paul, and Palacios.
The defense, especially the goalkeeper section is strong and resilient. the heroics of Emiliano Martinez does not need any more recalling. The defense led by Otamendi can add the expertise of Tagliafico. In addition, Foyth, and Lisandro are quality options. The Argentines even if are not performing well at the club level are doing too good of a job at the international level.
Argentina Squad, Captain, and Coach
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez, Geronimo Rulli, Franco Armani
Defenders: Nahuel Molina, Gonzalo Montiel, German Pezzella, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Lisandro Martinez, Nicolas Tagliafico, Marcos Azuna, Juan Foyth
Midfielders: Guido Rodriguez, Rodrigo de Paul, Exequiel Palacios, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Alejandro Gomez, Leandro Paredes
Forwards: Lionel Messi, Angel Correa, Lautaro Martinez, Paulo Dybala, Julian Alvarez, Thiago Almada, Angel Di Maria
- Captain: Lionel Messi
- Coach: Lionel Scaloni
Players To Watch Out For: Argentina
1. Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi is one of the top contenders to score the most goals in this World Cup. Messi is nearing the end of his career as he touches his mid-30s. He will do anything to sign off with a World Cup to his name.
Lionel Messi debuted for Argentina in 2005 against Hungary. He has donned the Blue and White jersey for 165 matches scoring 91 goals throughout his career. The 35-year-old who believes that this is his last chance has represented Argentina in five different World Cups: 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, and 2022
2. Emiliano Martinezz
The role of Emiliano Martinez in ending Argentina’s 28-year quest to silverware was nothing short of monumental. His career wasn’t all rainbows and sunshine before the World Cup as he made little to no attention in Scaloni’s eyes.
His efficiency in the 2022 Copa America however was not unnoticed. It was very carefully carved. The play he made in the final was applauded by many who registered him as the number-one call-up. In a World Cup, his services would benefit the Argentinean squad better than they think. After all, Argentina got a history with penalties in World Cup
Argentina Possible Lineup at Qatar 2022
Goalkeepers: Emiliano Martinez
Defenders: Nicolas otamendi, Nicolas Tagliafico, Juan Foyth, Lisandro Martinez
Midfielders: Angel di Maria, Papu Gomez, Leandro Paredes
Forward: Lionel Messi, Julian Alvarez, Paulo Dybala