Lionel Messi Sets a New Record While Leading Argentina to FIFA World Cup 2022

Published 03/27/2022, 3:30 PM EDT
Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates winning Copa America after the match Pool via REUTERS/Natacha Pisarenko

Lionel Messi has not been enjoying himself in his club football after signing for PSG last summer. But the Argentine is certainly enjoying a wonderful time with his national side.

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Messi and his Argentine teammates have been in great form recently in international football, picking up wins consistently.

Recently, Argentina defeated Venezuela in a FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifier game. The PSG forward scored Argentina’s third and final goal in a dominating 3-0 win over Venezuela.

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Messi had bagged seven goals so far in the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.

But as reported by Daily Post, this goal against Venezuela made him the leading goalscorer in CONMEBOL history in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (28), along with Uruguay’s Luis Suarez.

Currently, both men are tied at 28 goals. But Lionel Messi can leave his former Barcelona teammate behind if Suarez cannot score against Chile and if Messi scores against Ecuador later this month.

But this won’t be Lionel Messi’s primary objective. After emerging as the winners of the Copa América 2021, Messi’s primary focus will be winning the World Cup for his country later this year.

Argentina has already qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Thus, the coach might also consider giving Messi a rest to give the younger talents a chance to have the experience of playing in a FIFA World Cup Qualifier.

Can Lionel Messi win his first FIFA World Cup in 2022?

The FIFA World Cup is one major trophy that is missing from Messi’s trophy cabinet. In 2014, Argentina came very close to winning the FIFA World Cup for the third time.

But unfortunately, they lost to Germany in the finals. Though they lost, they gave tough competition as the game had the fans at the edge of their seats.

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Soccer Football – World Cup – South American Qualifiers – Argentina v Bolivia – El Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina – September 9, 2021 Argentina’s Lionel Messi celebrates scoring their first goal Pool via REUTERS/Juan Ignacio Roncoroni

In 2018, Argentina got knocked out in the Round of 16 by France. This year’s FIFA World Cup could very well be Messi’s last FIFA World Cup as a player. Thus, the Barcelona legend will be eager to get his hands on the trophy this year in Qatar.

Argentina are certainly one of the favorites because of the fantastic form they are in currently. Having once again won the Copa América in 2021 after almost 27 years, Lionel Messi and Co. will be determined to once again win the World Cup for the first time since 1986.

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Argentina has a good squad currently, with all the players performing well. Thus, this looks like the ultimate chance for Lionel Messi to fulfill his dream of winning the FIFA World Cup.

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Shouvik Nath

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Shouvik Nath is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation from St.Xavier’s College, Shouvik wished to follow his passion for pro wrestling.

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