Argentine superstar Lionel Messi has mentioned his candidates to win the FIFA World Cup trophy, forgetting to mention a team that has serious aspirations at Qatar 2022.
After a disappointing debut in the group, Argentina got back on track at Qatar 2022. Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi was instrumental in their revival, scoring key goals for his side to reach the quarter-finals.
As well as scoring against Mexico to keep his team afloat, Messi also stole the show against Australia to help La Albiceleste set up a meeting with the Netherlands in the round of 16.
Although Argentina have a lot to prove against the Dutch team, many already see them as a strong contender to win the World Cup. Messi remained humble after the Australia match and mentions other teams as favourites. However, he forgot to name England. It’s important to remember that his comments came before Spain lost to Morocco or Portugal beat Switzerland.
Messi forgets to name England among World Cup favorites
“We have seen the entire World Cup,” Messi told reporters, via The Mirror. “The matches that we can, of course. Brazil is playing very well, except for the defeat they had against Cameroon, they continue to be one of the great favourites.
“Also France. And Spain, despite the manner of their progress (losing against Japan), because they played very well, they are really clear about what he their game is when they have the ball, they control possession for a long time of the game.
“Argentina is a power and is always among the best teams. We knew that before coming here we were one of the candidates because of what we had been doing and we had to prove it on the pitch. And luckily we have been doing it and hopefully we will continue taking small steps.”
Of course, Messi may have just forgotten to mention them, but still consider the Three Lions as serious contenders. England, however, will have to pass a huge test against France in the quarterfinals.