Messi’s influence


Santiago Aparício |

Doha (EFE) It will be the Albiceleste World Cup.

Two days without seeing the Paris Saint Germain star with the group, dedicated to specific work with the national team goalkeepers around, was enough to quell the euphoria and bring some concern to a country that has been counting down since some time. start of the tournament.

There is no official information or exact data on Messi’s situation. Only that the precautions are extreme due to the continuous efforts since the start of the course and the limited recovery time, between the load accumulated so far this season and the start of the World Cup.

The domain linked to the albiceleste is less relevant, which tries to transfer a certain normality to the situation of the Argentine team, from the first moments agitated by the physical setbacks of its footballers.

So much so that Lionel Scaloni has already had to make two changes to his squad, he keeps four reserves on alert in case other changes are needed and since his arrival in Qatar he has not been able to complete a single training session. with his whole team.

Benzema’s Ghost

Messi will face Saudi Arabia on Tuesday at Lusail Stadium with the rest of his teammates. The Argentine star has pretty much played it all in, of course. With his club and with the national team. He played all ninety minutes against the United Arab Emirates, the last season before Qatar. The muscle overload that worries him falls within the common parameters of a player.

Argentina striker Lionel Messi (c) during the friendly match Argentina played against the United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi on November 16

Argentina does not want to see itself in a situation similar to that of France, revolutionized at the last minute by the farewell to the World Cup of one of its stars, Karim Benzema, who barely served to measure his energy and quantify its forces.

It’s a special World Cup, without the time to adjust after the club break.

Thirty-six years of waiting have left Argentina keen to lift a World Cup trophy. You feel time is running out. May Leo Messi be over and Qatar 2022 be the big occasion.

In a country where football, and especially the national team, is almost a religion, the delay is excessive. The calm is exhausted.

The closing of a cycle

Since Diego Armando Maradona took Argentina to heaven in 1986, two World Cups after César Luis Menotti first put the albiceleste on the tournament roster, in 1978 he hasn’t been able to flesh out his legend .

He touched success in 1990, with Maradona, and also in Brazil 2014, with Messi; in both stopped by Germany.

Argentina does not imagine that the end of the era of the PSG player, one of the best in history, will end without lifting the Cup.

The impact it generates is such that it is capable of upsetting the mood of the country and altering the mood of every fan.

Still in Qatar in 2022. Football in the East is special. More stars than teams. More idols than bands.

The World Cup lights up with Messi and any movement of the footballer generates an impact on everyone around this great tournament.


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