Argentina rumored eleven for World Cup qualifiers, Lionel Messi to start the match


Lionel Messi is rumored to start the match for Argentina in Friday’s World Cup qualifier.

Messi trained normally with the rest of the team, as he did on Wednesday and is expected to be in the starting eleven against Uruguay on Friday. Argentina national team coach Lionel Scaloni spoke at a press conference on Thursday where he stated that Messi, in principle, is available.

Scaloni also mentioned that aside from Leandro Paredes, everyone is available to play. In addition, the coach stated that the team would practically be the same as the one from the last match. Here is the rumored eleven:

Emiliano Martinez; Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuña; De Paul, Guido, Lo Celso; Di Maria, Messi and Lautaro Martinez.


  1. Everyone complained when past Argentina coaches were using 100 different players through the qualifiers now they’re complaining because it’s always the same players. This system is working, The experimenting will come when they are qualified but right now Argentina has good chemistry…why change that while still trying to qualify? Scaloni has players on the bench that can replace starters and know their role on the pitch.

  2. I wish the best for Argentina but I have this feeling Scaloni is in for a rude awakening even if it doesn’t happen in the next two games. Look at France the coach is constantly mixing up the team and giving chances to others and trying different combinations. Scaloni continues using the same formation and players. What happens if Messi, Lautaro or De Paul gets injured or suspended?
    I hope I’m wrong and he’s only doing all this till the qualification has been secured.

    Can’t wait till next year to find out if this team is the real deal. Scaloni’s Argentina hasn’t been tested against European or African sides.

  3. No start same players over and over… when an injury crisis hit God forbid let’s see the understanding and the chemistry then… arg entina is the only football nation in the world does act like if they are suffering for players…

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