A competition the size of a World Cup requires the maximum concentration of the players, who must concentrate on the controversy for the most important football title on the planet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
At least, that’s what the fans think. For this reason, too, Atlético de Madrid midfielder Rodrigo de Paul was “stoned” and social networks were blamed for the delicate situation that Argentina faced in Qatar 2022.
According to several Argentine media, the Atlético de Madrid player spent the morning before the sudden 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia browsing social media and enjoying sensual photos of his girlfriend, singer and actress Tini Stossel.
The unexpected negative result in the first appearance complicated the life of the team led by Lionel Messi, who, if he also loses to Mexico, today, starting at 4:00 p.m. (GMT), in the iconic stadium, in Lusail, will be eliminated of the World Cup one round early.
Argentines today were not in DePaul’s head because of his relationship with the former “Violetta” star and one of the most listened to singers in the country.
The couple have been together since May and are no longer apart. It is not uncommon for a midfielder to use Atlético and national team matches to swear love to his girlfriend. In Argentina’s preparation for the Cup, the player engraved three letters T on his shoe, in honor of the association.
Also in June, the journalist Rodrigo Lucic, from the television program “Socios del Espectaculo”, had already reported that Messi and Diego Simeone, Atleti coach, had advised De Paul to reduce the public exposure of their relationship.
The duo fear that fans will interpret this supposed increase as a loss of focus on football. Execution will take place before we finish listing your request.
Other Argentine players are dating or marrying celebrities. Striker Paulo Dybala, for example, has been with singer Oriana Sabatini since 2018. Messi’s wife, Antonella Roccuzzo, has become a globally recognized figure. But these relations do not generate any type of questioning in Argentina.
De Paul is 29 years old and has been in the national team since 2018. He was a key player in winning the 2021 Copa América, Albiceleste’s first title in almost three decades, and has a place on coach Lionel Scaloni’s squad. .
For the second match of the World Cup, the coach of Argentina has to promote some changes in the team. Enzo Fernández and striker Julián Álvarez will replace Leandro Paredes and Papu Gómez. But there is also the possibility that the Atleti midfielder is on the bench after his uncritical performance against Saudi Arabia.
The Qatar Cup is the first to be held in the Middle East, with seven of the eight teams having already lifted the cup. For the second consecutive edition, Italy, a four-time starter, failed to qualify and is low.
The tournament takes place at the end of the year, instead of its usual period (June and July), due to the heat in the host country during the height of summer in the northern hemisphere.
This is the latest edition of the FIFA competition in the format used since France 1998. Starting with the next World Cup, organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico, there will be 48 participants in the fight for the title.
World Cup – Group C
- 11/22 – Argentina 1 x 2 Saudi Arabia, Iconic, in Lusail
- 11/22 – Mexico 0 x 0 Poland, 974, in Doha
- 11/26 – Poland vs Saudi Arabia, Education City, Al Rayyan
- 11/26 at 4:00 p.m. Argentina vs Mexico, Iconic, in Lusail
- 11/30 at 4:00 p.m. – Poland vs. Argentina, 974, in Doha
- 11/30 at 4 p.m. – Saudi Arabia – Mexico, Iconic, in Lusail