World Cup 2022: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Mundial Prediction About Lionel Messi

World Cup 2022: Zlatan Ibrahimovic Makes Mundial Prediction About Lionel Messi

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given his opinion of Argentina's chances at the 2022 World Cup
  • Lionel Messi has been one of the standout players so far with four goals from five games
  • The 35-year-old will once again lead his nation during the semi-finals against Croatia

Zlatan Ibrahimovic already sees Lionel Messi lifting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, even before the final is played at the Lusail Stadium on Sunday, December 18.

The 35-year-old forward already has a tournament to remember following his performances for Argentina, having won the man of the match award in four out of the five games played so far.

Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Argentina, Qatar 2022, FIFA World Cup
Lionel Messi celebrates after Argentina defeated the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Photo by NurPhoto.
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Messi has also scored four goals in the tournament, one behind top scorer Kylian Mbappe who has five. Ibrahimovic now believes the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is destined to win the World Cup, Sportskeeda reports.

"I think it's already written who will win, and you know who I mean. I think Messi will lift the trophy, it's already written."

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The veteran striker is hoping to clinch football’s biggest trophy for the first time in his career, and will lead Argentina out in their make-or-mar World Cup semi-final clash against Croatia on Tuesday, December 13.

Modric expresses fear of Messi

Meanwhile, prior to their 2022 FIFA World Cup semi-final match-up, Croatia's captain Luka Modric made an open confession about Lionel Messi, Daily Post reports.

The 37-year-old midfielder, who described Messi as Argentina’s best player, disclosed that the Vatreni are going to have a lot of difficulties stopping him.

Both Messi and Modric are bidding to win the World Cup for the first time in their careers, after both losing a final each, in 2014 and 2018 respectively.

'Angry Messi' makes Argentines happy

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Messi’s outburst against the Netherlands in Argentina’s World Cup quarter-final victory is being celebrated by most of his countrymen.

Messi was so infuriated with the Netherlands' manager, Louis Van Gaal, that he confronted the former Manchester United boss in the aftermath of La Albiceleste's victory.

Zabaleta has now likened the 35-year-old’s actions to that of legendary Argentine, Diego Maradona, saying it shows the captain's desire to win at all costs.