It’s now or never for right winger Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates. At age 35, Messi is still playing at his best. He has the opportunity to solidify his status as the eternal GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) of soccer for fans that don’t consider him to be so already.
Strengths: This is one of the better rosters Argentina has put together in the past decade. The team won the 2021 Copa América riding on the back of Messi, who won the award for Best Player of the Tournament. But Messi won’t be starring alone — he has the backing of Angel Di Maria, Lautaro Martinez and Paulo Dybala to complement him in the attack. The best part about Messi is ultimately that he contributes even when he is not scoring goals. In the 2021 Copa América, Messi’s passing was his greatest weapon: he led the tournament in forward-moving passes, key passes and assists, to show how vital he is to Argentina’s attack.
Weaknesses: The only obvious concern for this team will be inconsistencies in its defense. They have a skilled defense, but their devotion to pushing their fullbacks up the pitch in attack, leaves them susceptible to good attacking wingers that exploit the space left behind.
Regardless, as long as the Albicelestes plays up to their expectations, they have a clear shot to win the tournament.