Lionel Messi has been tipped to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar as this would end the debate over who is the greatest player ever between him and his career rival Cristiano Ronaldo.
But will that happen in this years FIFA World Cup? That we cannot ascertain, but his country – Argentina are amongst the favorites to lift the prestigious trophy.
There are so many theories in football, whilst others have come to past – we are still waiting for others to actualize.
Well, as the World Cup draws near, we have one at hand and its about Lionel Messi, Paris Saint-Germain and the FIFA World Cup.
Ronaldinho – Joined PSG In 2001
I know you remember Ronaldinho very much, well, in 2001 the Brazilian Legend signed for PSG and went on to win the World Cup with Brazil in 2002.
In 2002, Ronaldinho took part in his first World Cup as a member of the “Three Rs,” a potent offensive trio that also included Ronaldo and Rivaldo from the 1999 Copa América winning team.
South Korea and Japan hosted the World Cup, which featured five appearances by Ronaldinho, who also contributed with three assists and two goals. His first goal was scored during Brazil’s 4-0 group stage victory over China PR.
The quarterfinal match against England on June 21 was the most memorable game in Ronaldinho’s World Cup career.
After Michael Owen’s goal at the 23:00 mark, Brazil was behind. Ronaldinho then changed the course of the match.
After receiving possession of the ball within his own half, Ronaldinho charged the England defense, surprising star defender Ashley Cole with a signature step over, and then sent the ball to Rivaldo on the edge of the penalty area for the equalizing goal shortly before halftime.
When Ronaldinho took a free kick from 40 yards out in the 50th minute, it absolutely caught England’s goalkeeper David Seaman off guard and gave Brazil a 2-1 lead.
However, he was controversially dismissed seven minutes later for a tackle on England defender Danny Mills. Although he missed the semi-final due to a suspension, Ronaldinho started for Brazil in the World Cup final against Germany and helped the country win a record-tying fifth World Cup.
Kylian Mbappe – Joined PSG In 2017
Lionel Messi’s current teammate Kylian Mbappe signed for PSG in 2017 after an awesome start at Monaco and he went on to win the 2018 FIFA World Cup with country France.
Paris Saint-Germain announced the loan acquisition of Mbappé from Monaco on August 31, 2017.
Mbappé was added to the France team on May 17, 2018, in preparation for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
He scored his first World Cup goal on June 21, 2018, as France defeated Peru 1-0 in Group C. At the age of 19, he was the youngest French goal scorer in World Cup history.
He was the player of the game in a 4-3 victory over Argentina on June 30, 2018, scoring twice and drawing a foul in the penalty area that led to Antoine Griezmann’s initial penalty kick.
After Pelé in 1958, Mbappé became the second youngster to score two goals in a World Cup game.
In a post-game press conference, Mbappé said: “Let’s put things in context – Pelé is in another category. It’s flattering to be the second one after Pelé.”
Mbappé scored a 25-yard goal against Croatia on July 15 in the 2018 World Cup Final, which France won 4-2.
After Pelé, he became the second teenager to score in a World Cup Final. He also won the FIFA World Cup Best Young Player Award for his four goals during the competition.
On social media, Pelé welcomed him and posted his congratulations.
Lionel Messi – Joined PSG in 2021
In Qatar 2022, Lionel Messi will be 35, but former Argentina manager Jorge Sampaoli believes he still has a chance to win the best trophy in football.
According to former Argentina head coach Jorge Sampaoli, Lionel Messi can still win the World Cup if Argentina doesn’t change their “method.”
Messi lost to France in the round of 16 at his fourth World Cup in Russia, which resulted in the departure of coach Jorge Sampaoli. Messi will be 35 years old by the time Qatar 2022 rolls around.
Although there are no clear favorites for the World Cup in Qatar this year, Argentina is one of the teams that has a chance to take home the highest prize in football in December.
Despite having one of the greatest footballers ever, Lionel Messi, they haven’t won the World Cup since 1986.
He is attempting to emulate Diego Maradona, who brought the Albiceleste to fame in Mexico.
Argentina is in excellent shape as they have gone 32 games unbeaten, the longest stretch in their history, with 21 victories and 11 draws.
Messi enjoys playing for a team that is also committed to helping him realize his ultimate football goal: winning the World Cup.