The South American icon, who currently plays her club football at Paris Saint-Germain, is said to get another shot at landing the world titles in 2022
Lionel Messi has won just about every major honor at his disposal, but the World Cup has remained elusive and his Argentina international Julian Alvarez claims football “owes” a great player of all time the most prestigious award in 2022.
A man with seven Ballons d’Or and four Champions League triumphs, as well as league titles from Spain and France, has been agonizingly close to claiming global honors in the past – with the most recent heartbreak being suffered in 2014.
The South American icon, who left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2021, is gearing up for another shot at ultimate football success when the FIFA flagship travel to Qatar later this year. Alvarez is determined to help complete his medal collection.
Can Messi win the World Cup in 2022?
Messi broke his Senior International Trophy Duck while helping Argentina to Copa America glory in 2021, while Finalissima glory against Euro 2020 winners Italy has been enjoyed ever since.
He endured a difficult debut season at PSG last season, scoring just 11 goals, but has continued to play for his country.
Alvarez hopes Messi can go all the way and continue building his legacy El País: “It would be very nice if it could be achieved for all Argentines and because I think football owes it to Messi for everything he means to football worldwide. I don’t know if we’re candidates, but we’re here to fight anyone.”
Is Alvarez the next Premier League superstar?
While Messi remains a talismanic presence for Argentina, he has plenty of quality at his side.
Alavarez now slips into that category as the highly-rated forward starred for River Plater – scoring six goals for them in a recent Copa Libertadores competition – and earned himself a move to the Premier League champions.
He is due to join Manchester City this summer and while it is not yet clear what role he will play, he has already earned the support of new boss Pep Guardiola.
Alvarez said: “I had the opportunity to speak to Guardiola in February when the contract was barely signed. It was a short conversation in which he greeted me and congratulated me on what I had achieved.”
If Alvarez is able to make an instant impact in English football or land a loan move elsewhere, he should be in good shape to support Messi and Argentina in their World Cup quest in Qatar next November.