Lionel Messi Arrives at Argentina Camp in Abu Dhabi to Prepare for the 2022 World Cup

Lionel Messi Arrives at Argentina Camp in Abu Dhabi to Prepare for the 2022 World Cup

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:16 PM
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  • Lionel Messi has arrived in Abu Dhabi to join the Argentina team camp in preparation for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • Messi will join the rest of the squad as the South American champions tackle the United Arab Emirates in an international friendly on November 16
  • Argentina, who were world champions in 1978 and 1986, play their Group C matches against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland

Paris Saint-Germain superstar, Lionel Messi has joined the rest of his Argentina teammates in the United Arab Emirates as Lionel Scaloni’s team begins preparations for the World Cup.

Messi arrived at the Argentina camp in Abu Dhabi alongside Juventus pair Angel Di Maria and Leonardo Paredes, with just 6 days to the start of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Lionel Messi has landed in Abu Dhabi to join the Argentina camp, ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Photo credit Boi_TripleHay
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Argentina has been scheduled to play against the UAE at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday, November 16, in their only friendly match before their first group game in Qatar.

Messi will be hoping to lead Argentina to their third World Cup title in the Middle East, having already won the tournament twice in 1978 and 1986.

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Argentina is competing in Group C at the 2022 World Cup against Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland respectively.

Could Messi end knockout drought?

Messi will be aiming to score his first World Cup knockout goal when the 2022 FIFA World Cup enters its latter stages in Qatar.

The 35-year-old forward has participated in 4 World Cups between 2006 and 2018, but he has not managed to score in the playoffs and knockout stages, Trend News Detail reports.

Messi has featured in 8 different knockout matches at 4 different World Cups, but has failed to find the back of the net in any of them.

4 records Messi can break

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Messi will make another stab at winning the FIFA World Cup and complete the set of trophies available to him.

For a player who has set the pace of football discussion for more than 10 years, it is surprisingly weird that he is yet to win the coveted Mundial.

Once Messi captains the side in their first match against Saudi Arabia on November 22, he will become the youngest player ever to ever participate in five World Cups, at 35 years old.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..