Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski’s FIFA World Cup dreams are in balance

Lionel Messi and Robert lewandowski went into Wednesday’s match between Argentina and Poland with the future of what could be their ultimate World Cup adventure hanging in the balance. One of Europe’s two biggest stars of club football may not make it past the knockout stages in Qatar and end their careers without a taste of glory at the most prestigious tournament. Messi scored twice in his last emulation attempt Diego Maradona and the World Cup win for Argentina and are trying to pull Albiceleste out of Group C after they were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening match.

Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 to salvage their campaign and finished second, three points behind the Saudis and one point behind leaders Poland and only a win would ensure that 35-year-old Messi’s Qatar campaign , will continue in December.

An Argentina team’s elimination would leave fans at home shattered and an army of Messi fans around the world longing to see him lift the world championship trophy.

It would also be a culmination befitting the career of one of football’s greatest ever, but coach Lionel Scaloni thinks such historical stories are unlikely. necessary, needs.

“It’s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow, win or lose,” he said after his team beat Mexico to get their challenge back on track.

“What matters is how you do things.”

Lewandowski was clearly emotional as he fulfilled his “childhood dream” of scoring his first World Cup goal in his fifth game of the final, a 2-0 win over the Saudis.

The Barcelona forward knows he might not get another chance at this stage if the Pole leaves the tournament on Wednesday.

“I know this could be my last World Cup and I want to be able to say that I have played and scored at World Cups,” said the 34-year-old.

Lewandowski is the safer choice to make it to the round of 16 as Poland only needs a draw, and even if they lose, they will only be sure of being eliminated if Saudi Arabia beats Mexico. Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz insists it is not simply a competition between strikers despite the inevitable concentration of two big stars.

“It’s not just a match between Lewandowski and Messi, it’s not tennis,” he said.

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