The sixth FIFA World Cup of Lionel Messi's career begins this week when Argentina plays Saudi Arabia in their opening match of the tournament at the Lusail Stadium.

In the qualification table, Saudi Arabia topped their group and surpassed Japan to advance to the 2022 World Cup.

On the other side, Argentina has been in outstanding form under Lionel Scaloni and is one of the favourites to win the competition.

Argentina is currently unbeaten in 36 games and is in a great position to continue this impressive streak at the FIFA World Cup in 2022.

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi is the heartbeat of his team and must perform at his best this year.

Saudi Arabia has their work cut out for them in this match, but they are capable of the occasional upset

Argentina is the team with the better record on paper, and they won't accept anything less than a convincing win.