Sergio Aguero tips ‘coveted’ World Cup winner to succeed Lionel Messi as Argentina’s star player

    Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Lisandro Martinez is the latest Man Utd player to win the World Cup (Photo by Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

    Manchester City legend Sergio Aguero has included a Manchester United star and a Liverpool target in a quartet of Argentina stars who can lead the 2022 World Cup winners to further glory.

    Argentina ended their 36-year wait for a third World Cup victory in Qatar, defeating France on penalties in last Sunday’s final.

    While Lionel Messi was the star of the tournament, it is expected that he and the rest of the country’s old guard, such as Angel Di Maria and Nicolas Otamendi, will step away from international duty in the near-future.

    But as Qatar 2022 proved, the South American side boasts many talented young stars who can lead their country to further success in the coming years.

    Aguero, who scored 41 goals in 101 caps for Argentina, retired last year but has remained close to the team, travelling with them throughout the finals and celebrating wildly with his former teammates in full kit after the final.

    He believes the future is bright for them and name dropped several players who can lead and inspire Argentina just as Messi has.

    ‘Players like Leo appear from time to time,’ the former striker told

    Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Enzo Fernandez won the Young Player Award at Qatar 2022 (Photo by Pablo Morano/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

    ‘Hopefully in a few years another one will come out with those conditions. How Leo appeared after Maradona.

    ‘In the meantime, we have many young players who are taking over and who have the winning mentality, character and ability to continue competing at the highest level.

    ‘Look at what happened during the tournament. Players like Enzo Fernandez, Julian Alvarez, Lisandro Martinez and [Alexis] Mac Allister, just to give a few examples, who initially weren’t starters ended up being so and with remarkable performance.

    Argentina v France: Final - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022
    Alexis Mac Allister was vital to Argentina’s World Cup triumph (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

    ‘There is a present and there is a future for Argentina.’

    While Benfica midfielder Fernandez, who has been linked with Liverpool, won the Young Player award at the World Cup, it is Brighton’s Mac Allister who has been the talk of the town.

    The 23-year-old midfielder set up Di Maria for Argentina’s second goal in the final and has been tipped to move to a bigger club in the future.

    ‘Mac Allister is another who had an incredible World Cup and it does not surprise me to read that he is already coveted by other teams,’ Aguero added.

    ‘He is young and intelligent, with great ball handling and he knows how to find spaces very well in a football where there are fewer and fewer spaces.

    ‘He will continue to grow with the competition. He already showed with that what he is made of.’

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