Lionel Messi names ‘most difficult’ match of World Cup, it’s not France or Saudi Arabia

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi has revealed which team was the toughest to beat for Argentina, in their winning campaign at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The Argentine team was off to a poor start at the marquee footballing event with a 2-1 loss against Saudi Arabia, which was their last loss of the 2022 World Cup. Speaking in an interview with Argentina radio station Urban Play on Monday, Messi revealed that Mexico was the toughest side they clashed against in Qatar.

Argentina defeated Mexico 2-0 with Messi and Enzo Fernandez scoring and went on to finish at the top of the group standings after beating Poland. Messi said the match against Mexico was tough because the score remained 0-0 until Messi scored in the 64th minute. This was a do-or-die clash for the eventual champions as a loss would have ended their campaign.

“We had to win no matter what and that makes you play differently”

“The match with Mexico was the most difficult because of everything that was at stake and it was the one we played the worst, because we had to win no matter what and that makes you play differently,” the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner said. After beating Mexico by 2-0, Messi and Co. claimed a 2-0 win over Poland and advanced into the Round of 16. While the loss against Saudi Arabia had dented their self-confidence, the team jumped back with the thumping win over Mexico.


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