Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina will start the 2022 FIFA World Cup as one of the favorites. They won the Copa America last summer, beating five-time World Cup winners Brazil in the final. In June 2022, they beat European Champions Italy 3-0 in the CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, 2022 Finalissima, showing the world they are ready to take the next step.
The 1986 World Champions have a plethora of highly-rated footballers at their disposal, many of whom are expected to light up the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Below, we will pick out the strongest XI from their roster that could help them go all the way at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year. Now, without further ado, let’s get to it.
Goalkeeper: Emiliano Martinez
Martinez is confident, agile, and a specialist when it comes to penalties. The goalkeeper should be a shoo-in for La Albiceleste at the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Right-back: Nahuel Molina
Molina has appeared in only three La Liga games for Los Rojiblancos thus far (out of six), but his inconsistent run at the club level is unlikely to influence Scaloni.
Center-back: Lisandro Martinez
If he keeps up the good work for Manchester United, Martinez should be in line to start for Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in two months’ time.
Center-back: Cristian Romero
The former Atalanta center-back is also an excellent reader of the game and can comfortably play out of the back. Both of his traits have shone through in the six matches he’s played so far for Spurs this season. If he can remain fit, his participation at the 2022 FIFA World Cup should be beyond doubt.
Left-back: Nicolas Tagliafico
Tagliafico has featured in all eight Ligue 1 games this season, scoring once. It will not be surprising if he opens his goalscoring account for Argentina in Qatar later this year.
Central midfielder: Rodrigo de Paul
Atletico Madrid central midfielder Rodrigo de Paul deserves to be one of the first names on Scaloni’s team sheet at the 2022 FIFA World Cup this year. De Paul is a powerhouse in midfield, doing everything from winning the ball back to taking it forward and finding the back of the net.
De Paul has been ever-present in Diego Simeone’s Atletico team this year, scoring one goal and claiming an assist in eight games across competitions.
Central midfielder: Guido Rodriguez
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Rodriguez’s performances for Betis this season (eight games across competitions) have been as solid as ever. Unless something unfortunate happens, he should easily make his first World Cup appearance later this year.