At the 2022 World Cup, Lionel Messi will lead Argentina out to what will surely be his last time competing in the penultimate international footballing competition.
Argentina possesses a solid team with great attacking potential. However, they do somewhat lack depth in their defensive line, which will no doubt make them one of the most exciting teams to follow in the 2022 World Cup.
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Argentina’s World Cup XI
Argentina’s goalkeeping options consist of Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal), and Juan Musso (Atalanta). Whilst these may not be the biggest names, Ruili has shown his ability to compete with the best La Liga has to offer.
In defence, Lionel Scaloni can call upon Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), German Pezzella (Real Betis), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax), and Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax). This is another area where Argentina are somewhat lacking, especially in name value. But the likes of Otamendi and Tagliafico are veteran players who can bring some much-needed stability to the back line.
Argentina’s midfield is where the squad really begins to shine. Leandro Paredes (PSG), Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Alejandro Garnacho (Manchester United), Manuel Lanzini (West Ham), Nicolas Paz (Real Madrid), Matias Soule (Juventus)
and Angel Di Maria (PSG) are all excellent options, equipped with stacks of creativity that will give many opposing teams trouble.
Lionel Messi (PSG) is of course the name that stands out from the attacking lineup. However, Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lautaro Martinez (Inter), and Paulo Dybala (Juventus) are all also dangerous attacking threats that will pair excellently with the veteran maestro.