A goal in each half from Neymar and Danilo Pereira gives Ligue 1 giant Paris Saint-Germain a 2-1 away win against fellow league opponent Lorient, ensuring the extension of its unbeaten streak in all competitions this season to 21 games. The win also means that PSG has now scored 38 goals in their last 14 league games, collecting a total of 38 points out of a possible 42 and keeping a resounding point margin from the second-placed Lens. In terms of the 21 games played in all competitions, PSG too has won 17 games and drawn only 4 times.
Where Is Messi?
Despite the win and prolonged unbeaten run, many fans have been wondering about the status of their star man and one of the greatest players of all time, Lionel Messi, as he was not selected for the match, be it starting lineup or bench. This is worrying since the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is only two weeks away and Messi is the captain and the most important component of the Argentina national football team.
According to an official statement released by the club, Lionel Messi has been diagnosed as having an inflamed Achilles tendon. Hence, as a precautionary measure, he will remain in treatment and only resumes collective training next week. In other words, spectators from both PSG and the Argentina national football team can be rest assured that their talisman will be back to full fitness mode in no time.
A Man on a Mission
Lionel Messi has been hitting top form prior to this injury, and seems to settle down after a rather poor first year in his new club, scoring 12 goals in 13 matches already this season. With the Argentine great has already mentioned that this year’s World Cup would be his last genuine chance of adding that elusive crown to his staggering trophy cabinet, one would imagine he would want to be fully fit and be on his best form to go against the world’s greatest national teams in the tournament.
The Albicelestes have not been blessed with luck in winning the World Cup since 1986, after Diego Maradona famously scored “The hand of God” to win it all. The Argentina national football team is on a 35-game undefeated streak but it is also loomed with injury worries as Messi’s national teammates Paulo Dybala and Angel di Maria are racing themselves into shape for the World Cup. Argentina will play Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland in Group C in Qatar, starting from 22nd November 2022.
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