Messi, Haaland; Lewandowski… football’s big names name their favorites for the World Cup

Who will win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar? From Erling Haaland to Lionel Messi, from Robert Lewandowski to Gianluigi Buffon, some big names in football have given their predictions, with Brazil, Argentina and France as the main contenders.

Messi: “Brazil, France and England just above»

Whenever we talk about the candidates (for the title), we talk about the same teams. If I have to put some above others, I think Brazil, France and England are a bit above the restLionel Messi said in an interview published Monday by the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol). “But a World Cup is so difficult and so complicated that anything can happen“, he faded.

Hailand: “Brazil, Argentina, France and maybe England»

For Manchester City striker Erling Haaland, who from Norway will watch the World Cup on television due to lack of qualification, “the favorites should be Brazil, Argentina, France and possibly England“. “I can’t single out one, because there are so many good teams.»

Lewandowski: “Messi’s Argentina is one of the favourites»

Messi’s Argentina is one of the favorites to win the World Cup“Launched Robert Lewandowski in a recent interview with the Spanish newspaper Marca. They haven’t lost in about thirty games, they’re playing well and it’s obvious they’re a good team. They have a game plan, which they all apply together. But Germany and Spain can also do well for the Polish star from Barcelona.I believe that the Spaniards, even if they have many young players, remain among the favorites to win the World Cup. They could reach the semifinals or the final: they’ve been playing well for two years and have potential.»

As for German coach Hansi Flick, whom he knew at Bayern Munich,”he is an incredible coach and with him the Germans can do great things in this World Cup.»

Desailly: “If France breaks the negative spiral…»

For former French defender Marcel Desailly, the 1998 world champion, the reigning French side retain their chances of retaining the trophy. “If she breaks the negative spiral, it is obvious that she is one of the favourites. Brazil, which plays more on an individual note than a collective one, will be very strong. Argentina too. No South American team has won since 2002. They will want revenge. The British are perhaps a little too soft. Holland and Spain are developing a good game, there are some very solid teams. But France remains the favourites“, he confided in a recent interview with AFP.

Coffee: “The perfect time for Brazil»

Cafu, captain of 2002 world champions Brazil, hopes to see South American nations reclaim the planet after two decades of European supremacy. “The World Cup in Qatar is a great opportunity to break European dominance“he told AFP. “Now is the perfect time for Brazil to break the curse and win the title. Argentina and Seleção are the two favourites. On the one hand, Brazil is coming off a very good season with great performances, on the other, Argentina also has a very good team.“

Buffon: Argentina and Brazil”Too strong»

“Argentina and Brazil, I see them too strong”Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon told AFP. “Individually, France seems to me to be the only European nation capable of competing, but as a team I don’t know… France, a bit like Italy, sometimes gets lost and doesn’t get the results it would like. And perhaps the Belgium, because I really like Courtois“, explained the 2006 world champion.

Eto’o: “Cameroon will win the final»

Former striker Samuel Eto’o, who became president of the Cameroonian federation, predicts an all-African final… while African nations have never done better than the quarter-finals at the World Cup. “ Cameroon will win the 2022 World Cup final against Morocco“He launched Eto’o with his usual confidence, in an interview broadcast by the organizers. “Over the years African teams have gained more and more experience and I think they are ready not only to participate in a World Cup but also to win this competition.”

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