Messi set for Argentina return for potential final career CONMEBOL World Cup qualifiers in March

Based on a report by TyC Sport journalist Gaston Edul, Lionel Messi is ready to make his return to the Argentina nationwide workforce within the coming FIFA worldwide break in March.

Messi was rested for the earlier worldwide break in late January after a bout with COVID-19, as Argentina had already secured qualification to the 2022 World Cup. With out Messi, Argentina picked up a pair of one-goal victories over Chile and Colombia because of wonderful performances from Angel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez.

Within the ultimate pair of South American World Cup qualifying matches, Argentina will tackle Venezuela and Ecuador in late March. Argentina sits second within the desk, 4 factors behind Brazil however with an enormous 10-point lead over third-placed Ecuador that secured World Cup qualification months in the past.

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The matches may probably signify Messi’s ultimate World Cup qualifiers in an Argentina shirt if he opts to step away from the sport at any level between the top of the 2022 World Cup and the beginning of 2026 World Cup qualifying. Argentina’s all-time main scorer, who will likely be turning 39 in the summertime of the 2026 World Cup, has provided no hints about when he may determine to hold up his boots.

Argentina’s highway to 2022 World Cup

Argentina head coach Lionel Scaloni will use the March matches as one of many ultimate alternatives to fine-tune his squad earlier than this winter’s FIFA World Cup. He favored resting Messi final time round, however introduced in practically each different anticipated Argentina starter for the approaching Huge Dance.

Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez have been included and carried out properly in January, and Giovani Lo Celso was a standout performer as properly, regardless of his struggles at former membership Tottenham which resulted in a winter transfer to Spain. Nicolas Otamendi and Lisandro Martinez have been a formidable duo on the again, and Nicolas Tagliafico is in nice type for each the nationwide workforce and his membership Ajax.

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The break additionally appeared to reinvigorate the 34-year-old Messi, who ended his six-match Ligue 1 scoring drought with a purpose and help towards Lille over the weekend. He was a central determine within the match, second amongst all gamers with 90 touches, behind simply Marco Verratti.

With Messi now coming aboard, Scaloni will be capable of get the workforce to a full dash going into the World Cup. Argentina sits at +1000 to win the World Cup on DraftKings, the sixth-best odds within the discipline. All 5 groups forward of them — Brazil, France, England, Germany, and Spain — have additionally secured World Cup spots.


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