EA Sports FIFA, the world famous soccer video game, has been pretty good at predicting world champions lately.
In 2010, EA Sports used the FIFA game to simulate that year’s World Cup tournament and predicted that Spain would win it all. In fact, Spain eventually defeated the Netherlands in real title combat to win the country’s first World Cup.
When EA Sports did the same in 2014 and 2018, those predictions came true too, with Germany and France taking home the crown weeks later in both the virtual versions and real-world editions.
This time EA Sports FIFA 23 simulation predicts that Argentina will win the World Cup.
Argentina is one of the betting favorites to win this year and currently has the third lowest odds to take home the trophy at +550 at FOX Bet (bet $10 to win $65 total). A 2022 World Cup would be the crowning glory for Argentina superstar Lionel Messi’s captain, who has said this upcoming World Cup would be his last.
It would be even sweeter for Messi and Argentina if their title streak unfolded exactly as FIFA 23 simulates – a 1-0 World Cup final win over arch-rivals Brazil.
Messi, 35, is arguably the greatest footballer of his generation, having enjoyed almost two decades of success at storied European club FC Barcelona before joining Paris Saint-Germain in 2021. However, Messi was never able to win a World Cup that came closest as his team reached the final in 2014 before losing to Germany. Argentina hadn’t even won a major international football championship with Messi until he led the team to a Copa América title in 2021.
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The FIFA simulation also predicts that Messi will be the tournament’s top scorer with eight goals in seven games. The game also predicts he will form the 2022 World Cup Team of the Tournament alongside teammates Emiliano Martinez, Marcos Acuna, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul. The stacked Argentina squad has been on an excellent winning streak in recent years, with the most recent loss coming in 2019.
Can Argentina go ahead and finally give Messi the elusive World Cup title? Tune in to find out when the 2022 World Cup begins on November 20, only on FOX, FOX Sports 1 and the FOX Sports App.
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