Lionel Messi’s World Cup Dream in Jeopardy As Paris Saint Germain Star Is Sidelined With Inflamed Tendon

Lionel Messi’s World Cup Dream in Jeopardy As Paris Saint Germain Star Is Sidelined With Inflamed Tendon

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Lionel Messi could miss out on the 2022 FIFA World Cup after suffering an inflamed Achilles tendon
  • The FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be Messi's last, and the Argentinian superstar is desperate to win it
  • Messi has seen many of his friends and teammates suffer injuries before the upcoming World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is around the corner, and many stars have already been ruled out through injury.

Lionel Messi’s World Cup dream is also in jeopardy with two weeks to go.

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Lionel Messi's World Cup dream could be in jeopardy after the Paris Saint-Germain attacker picked up an injury. Image: Rich Graessle/ Alessio Morgese
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As reported by the Mirror, Messi is currently sidelined with an injury scare and will miss Paris Saint-Germain’s game against Lorient.

It’s understood that Messi has an inflamed Achilles tendon which he suffered after the Champions League win against Juventus in midweek.

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PSG expect Messi to be back for their final game before the World Cup against Auxerre in a week’s time; however, the Argentinian was hoping not to play that game.

Messi’s fear of injuries:

Like many other players, Messi does not want to get injured this close to a global tournament. He recently admitted that he was worried about picking up an injury, as he saw it happen to Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria.

"Injuries are a worry. This is a different World Cup which is played at a different time of the year to previous tournaments, and any little thing that happens can force you out. With what happened to Dybala and Di Maria, the truth is that personally, you worry, and you’re more afraid when you see those sorts of things,” he said.

Messi’s last World Cup appearance?

ESPN Africa reported that the Qatar World Cup would be Messi’s last. The tournament is Messi’s fifth, and he is desperate to win his first world title. Argentina last won the World Cup in 1986 when Diego Maradona was at his best.

Lionel Messi’s 2022 FIFA World Cup signature boots produced by Adidas leaked

Lionel Messi will wear a special signature football boot for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, produced by sportswear giants Adidas, Sports Brief reported.

The Adidas X Messi 2022 World Cup Speedportal boots are inspired by the Adidas F30 boots worn by the 7-time Ballon d’Or winner in the 2006 World Cup.

Messi’s Speedportal boots feature an anti-slip silicone heel print, carbon fiber speed frame, engineered agility cage, and engineered prime knit collar.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.