Russia 2018: Riquelme reveals how Argentina can win World Cup

Russia 2018: Riquelme reveals how Argentina can win World Cup



Argentina Legend, Juan Román Riquelme has said that captain, Lionel Messi was capable of winning Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup for the Albiceleste if he stays in good physical condition before and during the competition in June.

The former Barcelona and Villarreal star said he hopes Messi recovers on time after missing Argentina’s last two international friendlies against Italy and Spain due to injury.

Riquelme, however, predicted that Brazil, France and Germany were favourites to win this year’s World Cup.

“I hope that Argentina will improve because they are still in that process of building a team, which is the most difficult,” Riquelme was quoted on Mundo Albiceleste.

“This team is still being formed. We hope that in those 30 days of the World Cup, Messi is well. If Leo is fine, he is capable of everything.

“For the first time, he (Messi) comes rested to a World Cup, without having to play every game for Barcelona and that is an advantage. He will be physically better than in other World Cups.”

He added, “I see Brazil as very strong. They’re playing well and they have Neymar. Germany can do well as well and they always fight. France, too but Brazil are very strong.”

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