Lionel Messi, one of the best players in football history, has never won the World Cup. In 2014, the Argentinian lost in the final against Germany (1-0). This Sunday, the Albiceleste will face the French team, and the whole world, plus some French people, will support the Pulga.
Holder of 7 Ballon d’Or trophies, Lionel Messi has still not won the greatest collective trophy in his sport: the World Cup. On mission, like his teammates, during this World Cup in Qatar, the 34-year-old Argentinian, author of a very good World Cup (6 games, 5 goals, 3 assists), managed to get rid of all his opponents from the round of 16 of the competition (Australia, Netherlands, Croatia).
Decisive in most matches, Lionel Messi takes behind him players motivated by the idea of winning his first World Cup, on his last chance to do so. Leandro Paredes also declared last summer, for The Redthat it would be “happier” to win the World Cup for Lionel Messi than for himself. A World Cup victory could legitimize the former Barça player as the best player in history, according to his supporters.
Messi supported even in France
If the support of his teammates, and of Argentina as a whole, is hardly surprising, that of foreigners is already a little more surprising. The Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for example, indicated that there was no doubt about the outcome of the final: “It’s already written” revealed the Milanese in remarks relayed by AS. “I think it’s already written that he’s going to win. You know who I’m talking about, I think (Lionel) Messi will lift the trophy, it’s already written.
Even in France, the Messi mania seduces. The 1998 world champion, David Trézéguet, told TyC Sports want to see the Pulga lift the trophy: “Emotionally, knowing that this is his last World Cup, Leo (Messi) deserves to be champion”. Same story for André-Pierre Gignac: “I’m French, but I would like Lionel Messi to lift the World Cup because he deserves it for his whole career”.
This seduction, however, did not reach Adil Rami. The 2018 world champion “really like” Lionel Messi, but not the Argentina team, aggressive, mean and “no fair play”. This is already a strong support for the Blues, who will be carried by a large part of France.