- Experienced Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric has said that Argentina are the outright favourites to win the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
- Argentina are currently on an unbeaten run of 33 games and have won two trophies in the space of one year
- Modric feels that the presence of Lionel Messi in an already strong team makes any team capable of winning the World Cup
Luka Modric has touted Argentina as strong favourites to win the World Cup later this year. The Croatian captain has claimed that Argentina are a good team and the addition of Lionel Messi makes them practically unplayable.
Argentina have placed themselves in a prime position to win football’s greatest trophy by winning the Copa America and the Finalissima trophies. The side will be hoping to go one better than their 2014 exploits where they reached the final and lost to Germany.
Modric, a World Cup finalist himself believes that Messi and company will be a big problem in Qatar. The Albiceleste will face Poland, Mexico and Saudi Arabia in Group C. Speaking to ESPN as quoted by Sportskeeda, the midfield veteran said:
We played against Argentina in the last World Cup and we won. What I see now is a very good team, it seems to be stronger than a few years ago. They have a good group, they created a very strong group with Messi at the head, who is a different player.
They are more united. They haven't lost many games. That says a lot. Having Messi, they are always one of the favourites to win the World Cup.
Croatia faced Argentina in the group stages of the last World Cup in 2018 where Modric inspired his side to a rampant 3-0 victory. Modric was later on awarded the Ballon d’Or and World Cup’s Golden Ball.
Messi will be hoping to land his hands on the elusive trophy in Qatar.
Luka Modric extends his Real Madrid contract
Modric has been an integral member of the Real Madrid team and played a key role as Los Blancos clinched a record-extending 14th UEFA Champions League title.
The 36-year-old’s deal with the Spanish Champions had been due to end this summer but Real Madrid has now announced via the club’s Twitter page that Modric has penned a new deal until 2023.