Our match prediction:
It was a summer of broken dreams for Argentina, who ended their Copa America Centenario campaign one step short of lifting the trophy. A defeat to Chile after a heart-breaking penalty shootout resulted in Argentina star player Lionel Messi announcing his retirement from the international team. Devastated by his country’s failure to win their first major title in last twenty years, the Barcelona man decided to call it quits in a decision which was later rescinded though. Argentina all-time leading goal scorer with 55 goals will be of great help to their team’s cause as Edgardo Bauza’s men attempt to beat the group leaders Uruguay and claim the top spot after seven games. For their own part Uruguay are the force to be reckoned with during this qualifying process as Oscar Tabarez has a huge attacking force at his disposal in the likes of Barcelona and PSG forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. La Celeste are keen to get back on track following a disappointing Copa America elimination and there is no better way to do that than to beat big rivals in front of home crowd.
Highligted Player (Messi):
Lionel Messi is regarded as one of the best players in the history of football. He was born on 24 June, 1987 in Rosario and he began his football career at Newell’s Old Boys. At age 10 he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, but having realised his potential at a young age, Barcelona decided to pay for his treatment. Messi joined Barca in 2001 and he has been playing for the Camp Nou outfit ever since. The Argentine magician has won eight La Liga trophies with Barca and he helped the Catalan giants lift no less than four Champions League titles (2005/2006, 2008/2009, 2010/2011, 2014/2015). In the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign Messi scored 50 goals for Barca, while netting 14 goals in the 2011/2012 Champions League campaign. The five-time Golden Ball award winner has established himself as Barcelona’s all-time top scorer, but he has yet to win a trophy with Argentina national team at major tournaments. Leo Messi, though, has won Olympic Gold Medal (2008) and FIFA World Youth Championship (2005), with la Albiceleste.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.