Two-time world champions Argentina has already qualified for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. However, the team has more matches left in the World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Scaloni’s side will play against Chile and Colombia on January 28 and February 2.
Argentina has announced its squad for the two World Cup qualifiers. Lionel Messi, the biggest star of the team, has been left out of the squad.
Messi, who was released from Corona, has been rested to regain his fitness. Moreover, Messi has not been able to settle in the French club since he left Barcelona for PSG last summer. Sometimes injured, sometimes for some other reason, all in all, this footballer, one of the best footballers of all time, has not been able to show his best on the field yet.
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So there were rumors that PSG did not want Messi to be called Argentina for now. That is what happened in the end. Moreover, Messi has just returned to practice after recovering from the coronavirus. The new year has not yet hit his field.
Christian Romero was also left out of the squad. That is why Argentina will play against a superpower like Chile-Colombia without Messi-Romero. Juventus star Paulo Dybala has been named in the squad. It remains to be seen how much light Dybala can spread in Messi’s place without Messi.
Lionel Scaloni’s team will take to the field in Chile on Friday, January 28 at 6:15 am Bangladesh time. Then on Wednesday 2nd February at 5:30 am Bangladesh time match against Colombia at home.
Argentina team at a glance –
Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Esteban Andrada (Monterey), Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta).
Defenders: Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Gonzalo Montiel (Sevial), Lucas Martinez Quarta (Fiorentina), Germain Petsea (Betis), Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica), Lisandro Martinez (Ajax), Nicolas Tagal.
Midfielders: Marcos Acunia (Sevilla), Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina), Lucas Ocampos (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Guido Rodriguez (Betis), Rodrigo Di Paul (Atletico Madrid), Giovanni (Giovanni), Giovanni (Sevilla), Alexis McAllister (Brighton), Emiliano Buenadia (Aston Villa).
Forwards: Angel Di Maria (PSG), Angel Correa (Atletico), Julian Alvarez (River Plate), Lotaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan) and Paulo Dybala (Juventus).