Argentina Unveils 2022 FIFA World Cup Squad

By Jeff Stinger

South American teams are always a threat to the biggest soccer clubs around the globe. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup set to take off in a couple of days, we take a look at one of the favorites to win the revered title, Argentina. Not only are they on fire on the international stage as of late, but they also haven’t lost a game since 2019 and secured La Finalissima against Euro champions Italy. Let’s kick things off with the Argentina 2022 World Cup squad.

Argentina 2022 FIFA World Cup Squad Announcement

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Lionel Messi takes the helm

Head coach Lionel Acaloni has done an impeccable job since taking over the team. He helped the team end Argentina’s title drought with a close 1-0 victory in Brazil at the 2021 Copa America final. But while the squad has seen many of the seasoned names hang their jerseys during the 2010s, a younger lineup continues with a talented-rich nation. Group C features an interesting mix of teams, but Argentina is the strong favorite to top the group at -250.

The only threat La Albiceleste has is its injury concerns. Also, Lionel Messi pushing 35 and transitioning into the twilight phase of his career, might not be as effective as he used to be in the previous World Cup. The Argentines need to be flexible enough to cover for him and plan their tactics accordingly. Depending on Messi alone would make the team vulnerable to mistakes, which they have to avoid coming into the competition.

Argentina 2022 FIFA World Cup lineup

Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi shows up for his fifth World Cup appearance as part of the squad and is a strong contender to win the top goalscorer award at +945. He is, of course, one of the most magical players to step onto the pitch. With countless club achievements, individual awards, and an emotional victory in the 2021 Copa America, all Messi needs is a World Cup trophy to further cement his legacy.

Argentina features a nice mix of youth and veterans. Messi and Angel Di Maria are two of the most experienced players on this list. Paulo Dybala is likely to make an impact as well assuming that he remains fit throughout the tournament. The younger players to watch out for include Rodrigo De Paul, Lo Celso, and Nicholas Otamendi.

Captained by PSG’s Lionel Messi, we see players gearing up to make history in the World Cup. Without further ado, here’s the Argentina 2022 FIFA World Cup lineup:

Goalkeepers

  • Franco Armani (River Plate)
  • Emiliano Martinez (Aston Villa)
  • Geronimo Rulli (Villarreal)

Defenders

  • Marcos Acuna (Sevilla)
  • Juan Foyth (Villarreal)
  • Lisandro Martinez (Manchester United)
  • Nahuel Molina (Atletico Madrid)
  • Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla)
  • Nicolas Otamendi (Benfica)
  • German Pezzella (Real Betis)
  • Cristian Romero (Tottenham)
  • Nicolas Tagliafico (Lyon)

Midfielders

  • Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid)
  • Enzo Fernandez (Benfica)
  • Alejandro Gomez (Sevilla)
  • Alexis Mac Allister (Brighton)
  • Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen)
  • Leandro Paredes (Juventus)
  • Guido Rodriquez (Real Betis)

Forwards

  • Julian Alvarez (Manchester City)
  • Joaquin Correa (Inter Milan)
  • Paulo Dybala (Roma)
  • Angel Di Maria (Juventus)
  • Nicolas Gonzalez (Fiorentina)
  • Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
  • Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain)

There is no evident weakness in this Argentine lineup. However, it’s worth noting that most of the lapses happen on the defensive side. Although this makes the team vulnerable while attacking, polishing the rough edges should give them a significant edge over opening game opponents Saudi Arabia as -769 favorites to win. The rest of their Group C matches should be relatively straightforward given the team’s experience. There’s no room for error, but expect Argentina to book a ticket to the knockouts early on.

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