Can the fantastic Argentina team take Lionel Messi to his destiny?

Argentina dreams a possible World Cup glory after La Finalissima!

Johan Cruyff, the legendary Barcelona manager, once said, “Success come to those, who work hard and never give up”. It seems a fellow Culer took that advice to his heart. Lionel Andres Messi, the captain of the Argentine national team and a legend of FC Barcelona. He is known by many as the ‘Greatest of All Time’.

Leo Messi is one of those footballers whose career has been immersed in records and trophies. Messi’s 17-year-long career with FC Barcelona is the peak of a relationship between a player and his club. The Argentine wizard has racked up 35 trophies for Los Cules, which is also a club record.

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While his club career was filled with evergreen greatness, his national cabinet was contrastingly barren. In his international career, Messi has suffered a painful 4 final defeats, including a World Cup final defeat.

The Dark Times:

Messi even declared that he wished to retire once in 2017. His decision sent waves in the world of football. Many players like Xavi, Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon and even his eternal rival Cristiano Ronaldo stated they understand his decision, as they very well know how tough it is for him.
It was after a relentless campaign by the entirety of Argentina that Messi reversed his decision. The Argentine icon took critics for a ride when he scored a hattrick that sent Argentina to the 2018 World Cup.

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Even in the World Cup, the team couldn’t rally together, leading to an exit in the Round of 16 against eventual winners France. Fellow LaLiga player and Croatia’s captain Luka Modric said in a post-match conference, “Messi is an incredible player but he can’t do everything alone.

The forthcoming Era of Dominance:

Things started looking better when Lionel Scaloni took over as the manager of the Argentine Team. Scaloni brought in fresh faces who were eager to perform.

Scaloni got the best out of his Argentine team in the Copa America 2021. Lionel Messi was nothing short of unstoppable during the tournament claiming his monopoly for most goals, most assists and the best player of the tournament.

It wasn’t that Messi regained his mojo. It was the fact that Messi was now in an environment that made him thrive. Every other Argentine player asserted to sacrifice themselves to help Messi claim his destiny.

Copa America and La Finalissima:

Leo, for the first time in his career, got such love and respect. Messi hit his top gears now, nobody could stop him from winning. He wanted it for the sake of the team. He has once again become the monster he was. Messi and his Argentina rocked Brazil in an exciting final, leading to a moment of everlasting wait coming to an end.

Lionel Messi has finally won an international trophy. The GOAT has claimed the elusive Copa America. Argentina was jubilant. Their finest player has finally achieved his destiny, or so we all thought. Argentina was happy but not satisfied.

Pundits across the world said that Argentina is too high on success, and that might cause them to fall. Football fans all over the world mocked them. Yet, La Albiceleste didn’t bothered. They wanted more.

Their chance came in the 2022 Finalissima against EURO 2020 winners Italy. What was expected to be Italy’s match turned out to be Argentina’s statement to the world.

Just 4 months before the World Cup, Argentina has asserted their dominance over the winners of Europe. The final scoreboard read the score 3-0 for Argentina. Lautaro Martinez, Angel Di Maria and Paulo Dybala got in those goals, while Lionel Messi and Martinez assisted twice and once, respectively.

The Promising Future:

Argentina dominated the entire proceedings, which might urge the other teams to take them seriously. With the big win and another title to celebrate, La Albiceleste looks more than ready for the mega event.

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The GOAT has been at his creative best recently notching up more than 10 assists for his new club Paris Saint-Germain of Ligue 1. With the presence of phenomenal strikers like Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez, Lionel has resigned himself to a advanced playmaker role. Besides he also has a reliable presence of Angel Di Maria on the wing.

For the record, Lionel Messi would go into the World Cup with the most inform Argentina team of his career. Just like the commentators said after Argentina dismantled Italy, we in The Sportsway say, “This Argentina CAN dream, they can DO IT for him!”

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