World Cup 2022: CaughtOffside writers pick their winners, with Brazil & Argentina popular choices

World Cup 2022: Zululegit writers pick their winners, with Brazil & Argentina popular choices

It’s not long to go now until the World Cup 2022 finally kicks off, with excitement building even in these strange circumstances of the tournament being played in the middle of the season and with the various concerns surrounding the suitability of Qatar as the host nations.

Still, there’s always something special about the World Cup, with the prestige of this old tournament and the bringing together of so many of the best players from all over the world.

It will most likely be the last time we see all-time greats Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing in this competition, and there is surely genuine hope for England as they continue to show great progress under Gareth Southgate, making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup four years ago, and then to the final of Euro 2020.

So, can England continue that pattern and go one step further and win this year’s tournament? Well, apparently no one here at Zululegit thinks so, as we asked our team of writers to pick a winner.

Read on to find out who everyone went for and why…

Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema leading the line? There are a lot of great players at this World Cup, but that’ll take some beating. Yes, they have injuries to contend with, but you’d almost argue it’s a blessing in disguise as it means there’s no excuse not to unleash the youthful midfield partnership of Aurelian Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga. They’re the holders, they have talent in every position, I think we’ll see Les Bleus triumph again.

I think this is Lionel Messi’s year. He’ll be more determined than ever to go out on a high on what is surely his last World Cup. And of course there’s more to this squad than just Messi, with Lisandro Martinez, Lautaro Martinez, Leandro Paredes and Julian Alvarez also capable of bossing this tournament.

I think it has to be Brazil. The depth in their attack is like no other side in the tournament. With Dani Alves called up to the squad who’s won over 40 trophies in his career, his experience and leadership is going to be so important.

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