Lionel Messi and Argentina is surprise getting support from Brazilian Legend Rivaldo to win the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Argentina got to the World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday, after easily defeating Croatia 3-0 in the semifinals.
The PSG attacker has been one of the standouts of the major competition and is now tied with Kylian Mbappe of France for the most goals with five each. Since Brazil has been eliminated from the World Cup, the 2002 World Cup champion Rivaldo has said that he will support Argentina in the championship game. The Brazilian star feels that Messi deserves to win the World Cup which is the only title lacking from his trophy-laden career.
“No words for you Lionel Messi, you already deserved to be World Champion before, but God knows all things and will crown you this Sunday.”
Who Is Rivaldo?
Rivaldo Vtor Borba Ferreira, also known as Rivaldo, is a retired Brazilian football player who played primarily as an attacking midfielder but also occasionally as a second striker, wide midfielder, or winger. He was born on April 19, 1972. Rivaldo was among the most talented and innovative players of his period and is considered as one of the greatest players of all time.
He was noted for his ability to both score and set up goals, as well as his bending free kicks, bicycle kicks, feints, and powerful ball striking from a distance. He was awarded FIFA World Player of the Year and the winner of the Ballon d’Or in 1999. He was included by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the greatest active players in the world in 2004.
Rivaldo, who represented Brazil in 74 games from 1993 to 2003 and scored 35 goals, is sixth all-time in goals scored by a Brazilian player. He was voted the 1999 Copa América’s player of the year after helping Brazil win the competition and advancing to the FIFA World Cup final in 1998.
The victorious 2002 FIFA World Cup squad featured Rivaldo, Ronaldo, and Ronaldinho as an attacking trio. Rivaldo, who scored goals in five of Brazil’s seven tournament games, was named to the FIFA World Cup All-Star Team in 2002 after also being chosen in 1998.
Will Lionel Messi Win The World Cup?
After pushing his team to the championship game with a brilliant performance in their 3-0 semi-final victory over Croatia, Lionel Messi has decided that Sunday’s Qatar 2022 final will be his final World Cup game for Argentina.
Up until the finish of the match against Croatia, Messi had been cautious to declare whether or not this World Cup would be his last. However, the 35-year-old striker has now admitted he can’t see himself playing until the 2026 event, which will be contested in the USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Messi was once again on top of his game during his team’s last-four game, scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot and providing an incredible assist for Julian Alvarez to score the third.
“I am very happy for finishing my journey in World Cups in a final, to play the last game in a final,” Messi said. “That is really very gratifying.”
“Everything I lived in this World Cup has been emotional, seeing how much it has been enjoyed in Argentina.”
“There are a lot of years from this year to the next one. I don’t think I will be able to do that. To finish this way is brilliant.”
After losing the 2014 World Cup final, Messi said this time he wants it to “truly happen” for Argentina, who lost their opening World Cup encounter against Saudi Arabia. Argentina will face France on Sunday.
“We are going to do our best, as we have done up until now, so that this time it really happens – we really win it,” the PSG Forward said.
“I have been enjoying it the past few years, being with the national side. I am really enjoying everything that is happening to us.”