The absence of Leandro Paredes in the starting lineup along with Lionel Messi against Brazil has disappointed many Argentina supporters. Paredes, who was expected to seize the opportunity to shine, finds himself sidelined, much to the frustration of passionate fans. Alexis Mac Allister’s underwhelming performance in the previous loss against Uruguay should have left a void in the midfield for Paredes to have his chance. However, Argentina supporters were hopeful that Paredes would be entrusted in the midfield following his remarkable displays at the club level with Roma. His performances in Serie A have raised expectations, but the reality has left fans disheartened. Paredes has not been given the opportunity to start in the crucial fixture, which has magnified fans’ disappointment. They took to Twitter to voice their displeasure as they wanted to see him play alongside Lionel Messi.
Lionel Messi and Argentina are set to face Brazil for a pivotal 2026 World Cup qualifier. The encounter comes after both teams suffered unexpected defeats in their previous outings. Despite a recent setback against Uruguay, Lionel Messi’s Argentina continue to lead their qualification group and will need to rebound from the loss as they face Brazil, a team they have been successful against in recent times.