Speaking in an exclusive interview with FIFA.com, Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski has claimed that Lionel Messi’s Argentina are one of the favourites to win the World Cup in Qatar.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in less than a month, with Poland in Group C alongside Argentina, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
And Barcelona fans will see Lewandowski take on Messi on November 30.
Previewing the tournament and the challenges ahead for his Polish side, Lewandowski said the game against Argentina will be a huge test as La Albiceleste were one of the favorites to win the competition.
“As for Argentina, there is not much to say. They are a huge team and in my opinion one of the favorites to win the tournament. With an absolute legend like Leo Messi as their figurehead, there is no doubt that it will be our toughest game,” he said.
“It will be great to be in such a great side with such talented players.”
Speaking about his football journey from playing for clubs in Poland to representing absolute giants such as Bayern Munich and Barcelona, Lewandowski added:
“Of course I’ll always be proud of where I come from, but I also know that I’ve had to overcome a lot of obstacles and break barriers to get to where I am now, and that sometimes I’ve had to make things on my own. which I was unable to achieve before.
“I think training and self-education allowed me to develop. And there were also things I was neglecting and I knew I had to improve them over time.”
The 34-year-old scored nine goals in nine games en route to Qatar to help Poland secure a place in the World Cup group stage. Speaking about his exemplary goal scoring, he said:
“I’m definitely happy to have scored so many goals in the qualifiers, but mainly because we got to the World Cup.” I know that each of my goals can help my team win, so I’m really happy and proud to have achieved such impressive numbers.”
On the expectations he carries and has to deal with, Lewandowski added: “I’m aware that the expectations grow every time I succeed and with every goal I score. No matter who we play and what challenges we face on the pitch, everyone expects me to score – and that’s not always possible.
“I know I should always be hungry for goals. A lot of people look at my stats and assume that if I’ve scored I’ve played well and if I haven’t I’ve played badly, but I’m well aware that’s not always the case. It doesn’t worry me.”