Argentina and soccer superstar Lionel Messi look to be one of the best draws for the upcoming FIFA World Cup.
With around 80 days until the 64-game tournament in Qatar, Argentina’s group game against Mexico on November 26 is the biggest-selling ticket, followed by the two-time World Cup champions tie with Saudi Arabia. November 22, FIFA Nasser Al Khater, CEO Qatar 2022 World Cup told Qatar News Agencyth Thursday.
Argentina have won all three World Cup meetings with Mexico (1930, 2006, 2010), including two round of 16 matches – a 3-1 win in 2010 in South Africa and a 2-1 extra-time victory in Germany.
This year’s rematch and Argentina’s tilt with Saudi Arabia at 80,000 spots Lusail Stadium are exhausted. Lusail Stadium, which has the largest capacity of any of the eight 2022 World Cup venues, will host ten matches, including the final on December 18.
Qatar represents another opportunity for one of the game’s giants to rewrite its World Cup legacy.
Messi, 34, played in his first of four World Cup Round of 16 tournaments in 2006 and came closest to winning the coveted title in 2014 when Argentina lost to Germany in the final. Messi scored four of his all-time six World Cup goals at this tournament in Brazil before Germany’s heartbreaker in extra time, a classy volley from Mario Götze.
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Poland join Argentina, Mexico and Saudi Arabia in Group C, one of eight groups in the 32-team tournament which kicks off on November 20 when the hosts face Ecuador.
More than 2.5 million tickets have been sold for World Cup matches with another drop in tickets coming in September, FIFA announced earlier this month. Qatar, the United States, England, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, France, Argentina, Brazil and Germany lead in sales by country of residence, according to a FIFA statement.
During the last sales period, from July 5 to August 16, more than 520,500 tickets were sold, the organization said.
Around 2 million World Cup tickets went on general sale and 1 million were allocated to FIFA stakeholders, such as member federations, sponsors and broadcasters, as well as hospitality programmes. More seats usually become available when stakeholders return part of their allocation. Fans whose teams are eliminated also tend to return their tickets.
Ticket sales are suspended until at least the end of September, when FIFA will provide an update on the latest round of sales.