Lionel Messi is set to feature in the attack for Argentina in the crucial 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Brazil tonight. The Inter Miami superstar has been in impressive form, scoring three goals in four World Cup qualifiers. Following a successful start to his career in the MLS, where he has scored 11 goals and provided five assists in 14 games, Messi will be looking to lead La Abiceleste to victory.
In their previous encounter, Argentina and Brazil played to a 0-0 draw, but Argentina secured a 1-0 win against Brazil in the Copa America final. Lionel Messi was instrumental in that victory, and fans will hope for a repeat performance as he starts in attack alongside Julian Alvarez.
Argentina’s starting lineup also includes Giovani Lo Celso, Alexis Mac Allister, Enzo Fernandez, Rodrigo De Paul in midfield, and Gabriel Molina, Nicolas Otamendi, Cristian Romero, Marcos Acuna in defense, with Emiliano Martinez in goal. Argentina currently leads the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying table, five points ahead of Brazil.
The anticipation for Messi’s performance at the Maracana is high, especially after his previous triumph in the same stadium. Two years ago, Messi led Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Brazil at the Maracana, earning him the Player of the Tournament title. He will be hoping to deliver a similar standout performance tonight.
As excitement builds for the match, fans have expressed their expectations for Messi’s performance and the outcome of the game. This encounter between two South American football giants promises to be an exhilarating display of talent and skill.