Lionel Messi‘s Argentina suffered a 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia in their opening game of the FIFA World Cup. They needed to register a win in their second game of the competition against Mexico in order to keep their hopes alive of qualifying for the knockout stages.
There was a lot of weight on Lionel Messi’s shoulders to carry his team forward. The Paris Saint-Germain forward rose to the occasion and broke the deadlock in the game with a beautifully driven shot into the corner during Argentina vs Mexico game.
Enzo Fernandez scored Argentina’s second goal in the 87th minute, securing the all-important three points. Lisandro Martinez featured for the South Americans during the game, while Paulo Dybala was on the bench.
Lionel Messi speaks up after FIFA World Cup win
Speaking to the media after the FIFA World Cup 2022 win against Mexico, Lionel Messi hinted at achieving a similar situation to Cristiano Ronaldo. He said: “It is a weight off our shoulders.” The Argentina international used ‘our situation’ as compared to ‘my situation.
“It is also a reason for joy as we now have peace of mind that it is all down to us again. We have peace of mind to start again and again and do what we stand for.”
Cristiano Ronaldo will restart his career following the termination of his contract with Manchester United. The Portuguese international gave a controversial interview without informing the club, which is believed to be the main reason for the contract termination. Cristiano Ronaldo openly criticized Erik ten Hag and Manchester United’s club hierarchy in his interview.
He will decide his future after the FIFA World Cup. Newcastle United, Chelsea, and several clubs from the Saudi League have shown interest in signing him.
Meanwhile, Lionel Messi’s contract with Paris Saint-Germain will also expire at the end of the current season. PSG are interested in offering him a new deal but Lionel Messi will make a decision about his future after the FIFA World Cup. Barcelona and Inter Miami have also shown interest in securing his services.
When will Lionel Messi’s Argentina next match be?
Argentina will next lock horns against Poland at 974 Stadium in their final group-stage game. They could face France in the round of 16 if they win their group. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could face each other in the final given both teams win their remaining games.