- An experiment has been carried out to determine which nation could win the 2022 edition of the World Cup in Qatar
- The information processed by BCA Research predicted that Lionel Messi's Argentina are in line to be crowned victors
- Argentina are projected to come up against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, with England getting eliminated in the semis
- Holders France have been given no chance to defend the crown, with the side predicted to exit the tournament in the knockouts
A supercomputer has predicted how things could pan out during the 2022 edition of the World Cup in Qatar.
Thirty-two teams drawn from around the world are set to face off for the prestigious football trophy when the tournament kicks off in mid-November.
Multiple winners Brazil, Spain, Germany and current title holders France are among the top teams who have set their sights on the silverware.
This year's edition of the competition will afford both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi a golden chance to add the World Cup trophy to their cabinets.
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Despite their illustrious football careers, the duo - who are widely regarded as the greatest of all time - have never laid their hands on the prize.
Predicting the World Cup winner
With under three weeks left before the tourney kicks off in Qatar, an experiment conducted by BCA Research has predicted the country that could win the trophy.
According to the research, Messi's Argentina are in a pole position to cart home the prestigious prize.
It was predicted that Argentina will come up against Ronaldo's Portugal in the tournament's final, with La Albicelestes triumphing.
While Portugal have never reached the final of the competition, Argentina have had the honour of winning it on three occasions.
England meanwhile, who have been backed as favourites, are predicted to reach the semis, with holders France getting eliminated in the first knockout.
The 1998 World Cup was fixed
Platini, who was under trial together with former FIFA President Sepp Blatter, confessed that there was a scheme to ensure that hosts France didn’t meet pre-tournament favourites Brazil until the final.
Platini was a very talented player during his days. He is one of the few players to have won the Ballon d’Or at least three times after his exploits in 1983, 1984 and 1985.