Argentina meet the Netherlands in the quarterfinals in Qatar
Messi is hoping to lead his nation to their third World Cup title. © Sebastian Frej / MB Media / Getty Images
Lionel Messi is expecting a major test of Argentina’s World Cup credentials when they take on the Netherlands in the quarterfinal in Qatar on Friday. The Argentine captain has also tipped Brazil, France and Spain as strong contenders for the title.
Messi was on target for Argentina as they edged past Australia in their last-16 encounter on Saturday, taking his tally in Qatar to three goals in four games.
The 2-1 win against the Socceroos was also a landmark match for Messi, who was playing his 1,000th career game.
Next up for Argentina are Louis van Gaal’s Dutch team, who booked their quarterfinal spot with a 3-1 win against the USA on Saturday.