Is Lionel Messi playing today vs Netherlands? Argentina starting lineup projection and status of captain


Argentina and Lionel Messi look to be on a date with destiny at the 2022 World Cup as the PSG superstar faces a final chance at international glory. Messi finally ended his streak of heartbreak with the national side last year as Argentina lifted the 2021 Copa America, and Messi saw a weight lifted. However, the 35-year-old remains frustrated by his lack of a world title with Argentina, with Qatar likely to be his swansong on the biggest stage. Despite being the oldest outfield player in Lionel Scaloni's squad, Messi has been relentless so far in the tournament, with three goals from four games despite some fitness concerns ahead of Qatar.