Four days out from Argentina’s opening World Cup match against Saudi Arabia, Lionel Messi was unable to start Friday’s training session with the rest of the team.
In Qatar, Argentina’s captain, Lionel Messi, hopes to lead his nation to a third World Cup victory, but questions about his fitness have been raised.
Many South American fans think it’s time for Messi to end their nation’s World Cup drought because they haven’t experienced victory since 1986, when Diego Maradona led them to victory in Mexico.
However, the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner didn’t begin working out with his international teammates on Friday.
Argentina has allayed concerns about a sudden injury by stating that Messi was working out in the gym to be ready for the match on Tuesday in Lusail, Qatar.
Approximately 400 journalists came to Argentina’s open training session hoping to see Messi, but many were alarmed when he didn’t show up.
The Paris Saint-Germain star began Friday’s training session in the gym as part of a “special” program designed just for the PSG superstar, according to Argentine site Ole.
Rodrigo De Paul, Leandro Paredes, Angel Di Maria, and Nicolas Otamendi were present in the gym with Messi. For the second half of the workout, all five athletes joined Lionel Scaloni’s team.All of the reporters had already left by that time.
After Messi took a knock during the recent 5-0 victory over the United Arab Emirates, Argentina’s supporters were concerned.
Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez have already been sidelined by injuries for Scaloni; Thiago Almada and Angel Correa have been called up as substitutes.
Given that the 2022 World Cup is almost certainly Messi’s final tournament, his fans are yearning for him to triumph in the most prestigious event in world football.
He had previously come close to winning the illustrious trophy when Argentina fell to Germany in the 2014 final by a score of 1-0.
After winning numerous awards with Barcelona and PSG, including 11 league titles and four Champions Leagues, Messi is considered one of the best players of all time.
He had great success at the international youth level, winning the Olympics and the U-20 World Cup.
Argentina has gone 36 games without suffering a defeat in an international match dating back to July 2019.
They will be sure that they will advance from their World Cup group before Poland, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.
Argentina has Wayne Rooney’s support as the World Cup favorite. He told The Times, “they have a lot of good, solid players surrounding Lionel Messi, such as Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes, Rodrigo De Paul, and of course, Angel Di Maria.
The team will have more confidence and less pressure now that they won the Copa America last year, which will have helped.
They will also thrive in this climate. They just lack a No. 9, which serves as the attack’s main point, but I still believe they will be quite dangerous.”