There isn’t a surprise that Barcelona are the favorite to win the title in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup, as they will be count at full strength with Argentine striker Lionel Messi, who is considered as the best player in the world.
Messi missed two months due to an injury, and he reappeared in El Clasico against Real Madrid on November 21st. Since then, he has scored five goals in the five games he has played.
During their first training session in Japan, La “Pulga” showed that he is 100 percent ready to play in Barcelona’s first game of this tournament, which, will be against the Guangzhou Evergrande. He surprised 200 local kids that were in the practice with a goal from 60 meters.
In the Lio Messi 2015 Club World Cup Odds, he is the favorite to score the first goal in the match versus the Southern China Tigers. He is listed with 3.4, followed by his teammates Luis Suarez with 3.5 and Neymar with 4.5.
Messi will be participating in the FIFA Club World Cup for the third time in his career, and he has played in two previous finals. The first was in 2009, when Los Blaugranas defeated Estudiantes de La Plata 2-1 in extra time and the second was four years ago when they thrashed Santos 4-0, and he scored twice.
The Barcelona striker is happy about the possibility to face River Plate in the title game of this tournament. Los Millonarios will play against Sanfrecce Hiroshima, and they are favorites at online sportsbook Bodog to win the match They are listed with 2.0 Odds, while the Japanese squad is with 4.33.
If Barca and River meet the expectations, Lionel Messi will be playing an official game versus an Argentine side for the second time since he joined the Spanish team in 2003.
“It was a tough match, in which we were losing for a long time, and we managed to equalize in the last minute, and then win it in overtime. Facing River in the final is something that motivates me, as they are one of the best teams in the world. I think that if we play against them, it will be a good match”, said Messi.
Barcelona, who are the current leader in La Liga, are the favorite to lift the Cup in this edition, and they are listed with 1.14 Odds. River Plate are in the second place with 9.0, trying to become the first Argentine team to win this tournament.
Barcelona will try to win the title for the third time in their history after they did it in 2009 and 2011. They reached the final in 2006 but lost 1-0 to Internacional. The last time a team from the same country lifted the cup in consecutive years was 10 years ago when Sao Paulo and Internacional did it.
Los Blaugranas have one of the most powerful attacks in European football and there is no reason to believe that they will not win the title. The possibility of a match between Messi and an Argentine side will be an extra ingredient to end this tournament.