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Lionel Messi, Paulo Dybala Named in Argentina's 2022 WCup Qualifier Squad to Face Brazil

Arjun Singh Devgan
Lionel Messi's Argentina will face Neymar's Brazil side in 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September
Lionel Messi's Argentina will face Neymar's Brazil side in 2022 World Cup qualifiers in September / CARL DE SOUZA/Getty Images

Footballing superstar, Lionel Messi on Monday was called up to the Argentina squad for the CONMEBOL 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled to take place in September, with the La Albiceleste set to play three games.

Part of the schedule involves Argentina facing rivals, Brazil on September 5 and will mark the first time Messi and Neymar face each other as Paris Saint-Germain team-mates, and will come less than two months after the 34-year-old inspired Argentina to a 1-0 victory over Brazil in the 2021 Copa América final.

However, before that Messi and co will need to play Venezuela on 3rd September and will finish this leg of their 2022 World Cup qualifying schedule when they play Bolivia on 10 September. Argentina head coach, Lionel Scaloni chose to stick with the same squad who won the Copa America, though he did call up Paulo Dybala with Sergio Aguero missing through injury.

Brazil lead the current CONMEBOL qualifying group with 18 points from six games, with Argentina placed second on 12 points.

Argentina Squad:

Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Emiliano Martínez (Aston Villa), Juan Musso (Atalanta), Gerónimo Rulli (Villarreal).

Defenders: Gonzalo Montiel (Sevilla), Nahuel Molina (Udinese), Cristian Romero (Tottenham Hotspur), Nicolás Otamendi (Benfica), Juan Foyth (Villarreal), Lucas Martínez Quarta (Fiorentina), Germán Pezzella (Real Betis), Lisandro Martínez (Ajax), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax), Marcos Acuña (Sevilla).

Midfielders: Rodrigo De Paul (Atletico Madrid), Leandro Paredes (Paris Saint-Germain), Giovani Lo Celso (Tottenham Hotspur), Exequiel Palacios (Bayer Leverkusen), Guido Rodríguez (Real Betis), Nicolás Domínguez (Bologna), Alejandro Gómez (Sevilla), Ángel Di María (Paris Saint-Germain).

Forwards: Lionel Messi (Paris Saint-Germain), Emiliano Buendía (Aston Villa), Lautaro Martínez (Inter Milan), Nicolás González (Fiorentina), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Julian Alvarez (River Plate), Joaquín Correa (Lazio), Paulo Dybala (Juventus).