Who among Messi, Mbappé or Neymar can more claim the title of big winner of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?
FOOTBALL – Only one title, but three potential candidates. Among the 32 teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, some names already stand out. Starting with the three nations whose leaders make up Paris Saint-Germain’s fiery attack: Brazil, Argentina and France.
Kylian Mbappé, Neymar Jr. and Lionel Messi can each hope to lift the title on December 18, with their respective selection. At the time of the final preparations, The Huffpost spoke to Brazilian Sonny Anderson, a former Seleção player who played for Marseille, Monaco, Barcelona and Lyon.
Turned consultant for the beIN Sports channel since 2012, he shares his ex-international view on these three favorite selections for the 2022 World Cup.
Always eagerly awaited before a World Cup, does Neymar’s Brazil have what it takes to win its first title in 20 years?
Brazil are the favourites, but even more so this year. They are an undefeated team since the defeat in the Copa, which scores many goals, but which is above all an extremely homogeneous team, in all roles. Brazil now depends only on Neymar. This means that he has less stress and pressure on his shoulders to win matches on his own, as he may have been before. Today he can share with a solid group around him and which allows him to express himself as he does in Paris.
Neymar would therefore be a more liberated leader…
Yes, especially more peaceful. Now it all depends on Brazil’s game system: he can be behind the forward, on the side, even in midfield. He is a free electron in selection. This is also the strength of Tite (coach of Brazil, ed): since this role works very well in Paris, he adapted it to Brazil to get the better of Neymar, and this will make the difference in Qatar.
Do you see your compatriots more favorites than Argentina, who still remains 35 matches unbeaten?
How many games did they play in South America to get that number of wins? Almost everyone, and that’s something he plays a lot. You don’t have the same way of playing, the same speed of play, but they managed to have a Copa America in Brazil, against Brazil. But above all, Lionel Messi arrives at the best moment of his career in the national team, after several complicated years. After winning the Copa, the Argentines finally believe they can win a World Cup, especially if it will be the last of their career.
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Author of two goals and elected man of the match, Kylian Mbappe had scratched Lionel Messi’s Argentina during the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
After that, it’s always complicated with the Albiceleste. If it is a team that has the gritty and who is offensively very solid, where they fail for them is defensively. It is a team that can immediately have problems behind against a team that goes straight up front. And that was the main problem Argentina faced in 2018: Kylian Mbappé’s speed against Argentina hurt them a lot.
“It will be a World Cup for Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, without a doubt”
You mentioned France. She is the reigning world champion but she doesn’t come in the same mood as Argentina or Brazil. With its world-class strikers, will it be enough for the Blues to reproduce their 2018 performance?
By force of circumstances, France has a lot of uncertainty about the wounded. When you make the list like Didier Deschamps and you already have to fire N’Golo Kanté or Paul Pogba, it hurts. They are two fundamental players in midfield. France does not have its two pillars and this complicates things.
The uncertainties are above all on a physical level, but this does not detract from the level of talent of the Azzurri. One need only look at the strikers to tell that France have every chance of winning the World Cup: Giroud, Griezmann, Dembélé and Coman, Benzema who arrives with the Ballon d’Or and Kylian Mbappé, who has been equally impressive with PSG since the start of the season. season.
Above all, he will have to do things quickly in midfield. Even with experienced players like Adrien Rabiot, these clubs have never played in the World Cup. Instead, these are players who evolve in the most important leagues and are therefore used to high-level competitions.
Of the three nations that make up the ” MNM extension of PSG, who do you think is more likely to win the World Cup? Unless surprise…
Without wanting to make a prediction, it will be a World Cup for Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, without the slightest doubt. I don’t know which of the two will win in the end, but I know that one of the three of them will be the best player in the competition. With, if possible, a Brazil-France final. The winner… We’ll see on the spot! One of these two teams suits me well (laughs).
Next, I want to say that I am very suspicious of Denmark, author of a quality Euro (eliminated in the semifinal against England, ed). It is a competitive selection with excellent players, not to mention its two recent victories against France in the League of Nations. Watch out for them.
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