Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Lionel Messi winning World Cup 2022 'already written'

Lionel Messi, captain of Argentina, at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has backed Lionel Messi to guide Argentina to World Cup 2022 glory, insisting that his former Barcelona teammate 'will win' football's greatest prize for the first time – at what is expected to his last finals.

Since shockingly losing their tournament opener to Saudi Arabia, Argentina haven't looked back, beating Mexico and Poland to top their group – then dispatching Australia in the last 16; and surviving a late comeback from the Netherlands to win a seriously feisty quarter-final clash on penalties.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...