World Cup 2022 briefing: Mbappé and Messi step up on day three | World Cup 2022

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Qatar’s controlling interests in football are not restricted to this World Cup, as the arrival of two major stars on the tournament stage will remind us. After all, Qatar Sports Investments owns Paris Saint-Germain, the club that feature Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé in an all-star forward line.

Beyond the widespread social, political and economic issues that surround this tournament, Messi playing in his fifth (and probably final) World Cup at 35 seems the purest football narrative. Can a player regarded widely as the best ever – certainly…


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