Lionel Messi’s doctor, Diego Schwarzstein, has explained why he doesn’t want to see the Paris Saint-Germain star win a single game at the 2022 World Cup before crashing out of the tournament. The World Cup trophy is the last piece of the puzzle to Messi’s illustrious career and many have tipped the Argentine superstar to lead his country to glory in this year’s tournament.
Speaking during the 2018 World Cup, Messi admitted that he didn’t want to retire until he had won football’s biggest prize. But he’s now accepted that this will be his last World Cup before he brings his career to an end in the near future.
Argentina will be favourites to advance from their group, which features Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland. The closest Messi came to winning a World Cup came in 2014 when the Argentine icon scored four goals and they reached the final before losing to Germany.
There was disappointment in the last tournament in 2018 as Argentina crashed out to France in a dramatic 4-3 defeat. But Messi’s own doctor has explained how he hopes his nation don’t even pick up a single win at this year’s tournament.
He said that he would want Argentina to lose her three group matches in Qatar. In other words, he would not want Argentina, his country, to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Despite sharing a great relationship with Messi, Schwarzstein does not want the 35-year-old to win the FIFA World Cup in his career. He believed the Argentine government would use the World Cup success for propaganda to cover up its failure.
“As a football fan, I would like Argentina to be champions. As an Argentine citizen, as a human being, I would like them to lose all three games and be eliminated in the first round,” he told The Times.
He added that he was convinced that this obscenely populist government that they have would use the success of Argentina at the World Cup to cover things up.