New Delhi: Argentina and superstar Lionel Messi arrived in Qatar for the World Cup early on Thursday, just hours after a 5-0 warm-up victory, while defending champions France have also touched down in Doha.
Messi, 35, has a sackful of trophies but the tournament in Qatar is likely to be his final chance to equal the achievement of fellow Argentine great Diego Maradona in leading his country to World Cup glory.
Messi was cautious about the team’s chances in Qatar, even though they are among the favourites. “We have a very nice group that is very eager, but we think about going little by little. We know that World Cup groups are not easy,” the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner said in an interview with Conmebol, the South American football federation.
Lionel Scaloni’s team will start their campaign in Group C against Saudi Arabia on 22 November. They will also play Mexico and Poland on 27 November and 1 December, respectively.