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WORLD CUP 2022

Lionel Messi in red-hot form going to Qatar

The Argentinian star is in his best form in recent years going to the World Cup. He has 10 goals in his last four games for Argentina.

Doha (Qatar)Update:
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi (C) and teammates arrive at the Hamad International Airport in Doha on November 17, 2022, ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
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Five goals against Estonia in June, two against Honduras in September, another two against Jamaica and one more on Wednesday against the United Arab Emirates. In total, Lionel Messi has scored 10 goals in Argentina’s last four games.

It’s the best Messi in recent years, the Messi Argentina need to become world champions. To this recent record, you can add the seven goals in Ligue 1 and the four in the Champions League that he has scored this season. They are numbers that are reminiscent of the Messi we know. Since June, he has 21 goals in 23 games. The former Barcelona man is turning it on just at the right time.

Messi has landed in Qatar ready to inspire his country to success. His form for club and country has fans of La Albiceleste in a confident mood. Argentina fans have already gathered in large numbers in the streets of Doha. Argentina will be one of the teams with the most fans, as always, but this time they have every reason to believe their team can give them another World Cup title. It would be the first in Messi’s career. In 2014, they fell just short, after losing the final to Germany. This time the story may be different.

In addition to Messi, the Argentines have several players who have taken a considerable step forward in their careers. Argentina trained behind closed doors on their first day at Qatar University, the same complex where the Spanish national team are also working.

Hoping to add to Copa America success

After winning the last Copa America, against Brazil at the Maracana, the Argentinians took a weight off their shoulders. Messi, too, now has the title with the national team that he so longed for. But he still has to put the icing on his brilliant career by getting the coveted star on his chest. That is what he has prepared for. To score goals in the World Cup with Argentina. If he achieves it, La Albiceleste will be much closer to being the best in the world again.

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