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The Argentine star Lionel Messi has the World Cup between his eyebrows

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Aug-07 23:01 first published at 23:01 PM


The World Cup is between Lionel Messi’s brows. (Photo courtesy of @PSG espanol)
Fans of Paris Saint-Germain and much of the French press distrust him in almost every way. After his consecration in the previous Ligue 1, many French journalists said, accusingly, that he did not join in the celebrations as much as his teammates because he never stopped feeling like a part of PSG. Fans of the Parisian team targeted him because, according to them, he performs better and feels more at ease in the Argentine team than in his club. They whistled at it as well. And now that he has prepared himself as he has done a few times before after the holidays, they look at him expectantly for another question: They maintain that he is more concerned with reaching the 2022 Qatar World Cup in top form than with making a name for himself at PSG.
Actually, something similar is happening: Messi’s life will be saved by winning what could be his final World Cup. He will play in Qatar at the age of 35, and only he knows if he will be able to compete in another World Cup event in the United States, Mexico, and Canada in 2026. However, the issue is how it is formulated or how each situation is viewed: after all, if Messi arrives in Qatar in peak footballing condition, PSG will undoubtedly enjoy their goals and genius ahead of time.
For the time being, he did it last Sunday, when he scored one of the goals for the French capital team in a 4-0 win over Nantes in the French Super Cup. That is, due to its transitive nature, this preparation, which they describe as “fantastic” in their environment, will undoubtedly be enjoyed by PSG.
Messi was outstanding in PSG’s first title of the season (Photo: Reuters)
Messi now has 41 French Super Cup titles to his name, one more than Brazilian Dani Alves, who recently joined Pumas de México. But that’s a different song. Argentina’s captain took advantage of his month-long vacation. He tasted spending a few days in his hometown of Rosario, and then on the beaches of Ibiza and Formentera, completely recharging those batteries that had been somewhat depleted from so much work, with his team and with the chosen one. In this case, he spent more than forty days concentrated with the National Team before and during the Copa América, which ended Argentina’s 28-year drought of higher-level titles, none less than against Brazil and at the Maracana.

Messi made his debut for PSG in Ligue 1 yesterday, as a visitor against Clemont. It will be the turn of the French club to play again in the Champions League in the first days of September, after the enormous disappointment of being eliminated by Real Madrid in the round of 16 in the previous edition. The captain of the National Team will try to emulate the one who stood out against Nantes, close to the best Messi, so that the build-up to the World Cup is also enjoyable for those supporters of his current club who have previously looked at him from the sidelines. It just so happened that in his first season, he wasn’t at his best: he scored eleven goals and had fourteen assists in 34 games.
The Argentine team’s coaching staff understands that Messi’s preparation for the upcoming big events was among the best of his career because he was able to enjoy significant rest time beforehand and because PSG did a great conditioning job with a tour of Japan included in which Rosario once again had the best football chemistry with his friend Neymar in the friendlies they played against Kawasaki Frontale, Urawa Reds, and Gamba Osaka.
Argentina’s coach, Lionel Scaloni, He intends to travel to Paris soon to meet with his team’s captain and ask him how he is, how he feels, in short, to pamper him less than three months before the World Cup begins. Scaloni intends to do the same with the remaining players he intends to take to Qatar.
That Messi will make his World Cup debut against Saudi Arabia on November 22 is something that the For money He has no desire to dissimulate in the least. When his friend Luis Suárez arrived at Nacional de Montevideo, he texted her, “Get ready, there is little left for the World Cup.”
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