Argentina star player Lionel Messi skips team’s 1st training camp in Qatar. On Friday, two days after Argentinian footballers Joaquin Correa and Nicolas Gonzalez were sent home due to injuries. Head coach Lionel Scaloni appears to be cocooning star players as a precautionary measure day ahead of the World Cup opening.
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Lionel Messi and four other Argentinian national team starters, including midfielders Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes, defender Nicolas Otamendi, and forward Angel di Maria, trained separately from the rest of the team and stayed in the gym.
According to the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Messi and four other Argentinian national team starters, including midfielders Rodrigo De Paul and Leandro Paredes, defender Nicolas Otamendi, and forward Angel di Maria, trained separately from the rest of the team and stayed in the gym on Friday.
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On Friday, two other Argentinian defenders, Lisandro Martinez and Juan Foyth, also skipped training camp. The team did not specify the reasons for their absence, but such injury-prevention techniques are common practice.
Argentina Record at World Cup
Many believe that Argentina is the best team in South America, but they are consistently ranked as the second best. Argentina has topped the FIFA World Rankings on many occasions, including 2017, and Qatar 2022 is their most probable home.
A number of people have underestimated Argentina after a shaky qualifying journey, in which the first World Cup final will be held in the Middle East. It has consistently been a big favourite in World Cup tournaments, but history has proven that it is not a football team you should write off when the tournament begins.
Argentina has won two FIFA World Cups, one in 1978 and another in 1986, making them one of the world’s most successful national teams. They were runner-up three times in 1930, 1990, and 2014.
Finals Record At The FIFA World Cup
|World Cup Finals||Round||Overall Position|
|1930||Final – Runners-Up||2nd|
|1974||Second Group Stage||8th|
|1978||Final – Champions||1st|
|1982||Second Group Stage||11th|
|1986||Final – Champions||1st|
|1990||Final – Runners-Up||2nd|
|1994||Round Of 16||10th|
|2014||Final – Runners-Up||2nd|
|2018||Round Of 16||16th|