The final installment of the EA Sports-made FIFA franchise is less than a month away, and anticipation for the world’s number one football simulation couldn’t be any higher. All of our favourite game modes will be there from the get-go, with the likes of Ultimate Team, Pro Clubs, and Career Mode all returning to our screens on September 27th. But there is one reason why the upcoming release is extra special, and that’s because, for the first time since the days of FIFA 98, the FIFA World Cup game mode will be available upon the game’s release. Oddschecker, which compares odds and provides free offers on the World Cup, has made Brazil the favourites for the showdown in the desert, but it’s the Seleção’s archrivals Argentina that we can’t wait to lead to glory.
Back in 2014, Lionel Messi came the closest he ever has to lifting the biggest prize in the sport. The Albicelestes defeated the Netherlands and Belgium en route to the Rio de Janeiro showpiece, before Mario Gotze broke South American hearts in the Maracanã, bagging a 116th-minute winner and sealing a fourth FIFA World Cup trophy for Germany.
Four years ago in Russia, the Argentinians were fancied once again. However, they barely managed to scrape through the group stages. They gave eventual winners France all they could handle in the second round, eventually losing out 4-3 in what was the game of the tournament, but a last-16 exit was less than impressive.
So, what about Qatar 2022?
Lionel Messi – the greatest player of his generation and perhaps of all time – is now 35 years of age, and this winter’s World Cup will perhaps be his final appearance on the grandest stage. It would be a crying shame if the little genius bowed out without a solitary crown to his name. This is where you come in.
It’s your job to get the best out of the great man and his Argentina teammates in Qatar. The likes of Angel di Maria, Paulo Dybala, and Lautaro Martinez should provide ample support to the Paris Saint-Germain superstar, allowing him enough creative outlets to shine.
Should you accept the challenge, you will be leading out perhaps the most in-form team to pull on that famous blue and white shirt in some time. Last summer, it was di Maria’s goal that downed Brazil, on enemy territory, to secure Copa America glory, Messi’s first international trophy. The team followed that up by decimating European Champions Italy at Wembley in June to win the first Finalissima in 29 years. Can you go one better in Qatar and ensure that Messi brings the curtain down on a stellar international career in style?