Lionel Messi and Argentina will battle Bolivia on March 29 in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup. Has La Albiceleste gotten back their winning ways or will Bolivia’s La Verde crush their World Cup dreams? HollywoodLife.com wants you to see this game so click to watch!
Lionel Messi, 28, is one of the greatest soccer players of all time, but even he can’t win a World Cup by himself. He and the Argentina national team struggled at the start of the 2018 World Cup qualifying. Will they finally get their head in the game when they face Bolivia or is it game over?
La Albiceleste (aka The White and the Sky Blue) will host Bolivia (aka La Verde aka The Green) on March 29. Every win counts and a loss could mean the difference between a trip to Russia in 2018 and watching the tournament from home. Action kicks off at 7:30 P.M. EST so after you’re done looking at some of Messi’s hunky teammates, get ready to watch!
Only 4 or 5 of the 10 teams in CONMEBOL (Confederacion Sudamericana de Futbol, or South American Football Confederation) will make it to the final tournament of 32 in 2018. Right now, Ecuador, Uruguay, Brazil and Paraguay are in the lead but there’s plenty of soccer left to play.
Argentina fell on their face at the start of World Cup qualification, according to Heavy.com, with manager Gerardo Martino, 53, watching his squad draw against Mexico, lose against Ecuador and play to a standstill with Paraguay and Brazil. Yet, they rebounded with a 1-0 win over Columbia and 2-1 victory over Chile. Can they make it three in a row? Show your support with an official Argentina jersey.
Bolivia isn’t expected to give Argentina any trouble, especially after La Verde’s manager, Julio Cesar Baldiveso, 44, said he’s not going to do anything to neutralize Lionel! “There won’t be special marking on Messi,” he said, according to the Bleacher Report. Football is played eleven against eleven and we are a team. To play against the best in the world has to be a motivation for the players.” Keep your hope for Bolivia alive by buying an official jersey here.
However, the biggest challenge for Argentina might be the field itself. Instead of lush green grass, Bolivia’s home turf is pretty nasty and sandy. Could the field give the home team an advantage? Bolivia might need all the help it can get.
Who do you think will win this game, HollywoodLifers?