Argentina midfielder Leandro Paredes has picked Brazil, France, England and Spain as his four favorites for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. The Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) midfielder also expects Germany to be a force to be reckoned with at this year’s tournament.
The 27-year-old midfielder can’t wait to take on some of the best teams in the world at the World Cup. Speaking in an interview with Filo News (via Mundo Albiceleste), Paredes said:
“For me, there are very good national teams. I think France are favourites. Brazil, England, Spain are playing very well. Germany, as always, is fighting to be there at the top. I like to play with the best. It will surely be very difficult, but to be champion of something as important as the World Cup, you must surely win against everyone.”
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar could be a hotly contested affair between the aforementioned teams. France will enter the tournament as defending champions, looking to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the title.
Argentina, meanwhile, will travel to Qatar in great form. The two-time world champions won the Copa America last summer and beat Italy in the 2022 Finalissima earlier this month. The Albiceleste is currently on a series of 33 games without defeat.
Their arch-rivals Brazil also have a great squad capable of fighting in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Selecao have Neymar, Marquinhos and Fabinho in their ranks.
Argentina have a tough squad to navigate at the 2022 FIFA World Cup
Argentina do not have a single group at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Lionel Messi and Co. have been drawn alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.
The two-time world champions will face one of modern football’s deadliest strikers, Poland’s Robert Lewandowski. They will also face a Mexican side who have made the round of 16 in their last seven World Cup appearances.
Argentina begin their FIFA World Cup campaign against Saudi Arabia on November 22 in Lusail in what could be Messi’s final appearance at the quadrennial tournament.