Supercomputer predicts Argentina and Lionel Messi will be the ones to lift the 2022 World Cup

Lionel Messi Argentina World Cup 2022
(Image credit: Getty Images/BCA Research)

A supercomputer has predicted that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo will face each other in the final of World Cup 2022, with Messi's Argentina expected to beat Ronaldo's Portugal in a penalty shootout in Qatar. 

The research, conducted by BCA Research, has been published in special report 'The Most Important Of All Unimportant Forecasts 2nd Edition: 2022 FIFA World Cup'. BCA Research has based the outcome of the tournament on player statistics from the EA Sport FIFA game, as well as a sample of 192 group stage games and 64 knockout rounds played during the 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018 FIFA World Cups.

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.