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Lionel Messi names the two favorites for the 2022 World Cup

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The 2014 World Cup Golden Ball winner gave his verdict on the potential title contenders for this winter’s tournament.

Lionel Messi has named Brazil and France as the two favorites for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

With little over a month left before the action gets underway in the Middle East, the 32 competing national teams will soon start their final tournament preparations, by first of all naming their respective squads.

Messi, a World Cup finalist in 2014, is one of the big names likely to compete in the showpiece but admits his Argentina side face some stiff competition.

“As for the favorites, there are big teams like Brazil, Germany, France, England, Spain, and I’m sure I’m forgetting some,” said Messi as quoted on RMC Sport.

“But if I have to keep one or two, today I think Brazil and France are the two big candidates for this World Cup.”

After helping Argentina win the 2021 Copa America and the 2022 Finalissima, Messi now hopes to lead the Albiceleste to a third World Cup title this winter and a first since 1986 in Mexico.