Has there ever been less excitement for a World Cup? From the winter scheduling to human rights issues, Qatar’s hosting hasn’t gon down well with the rest of the world. Even bumbling, crooked Sepp Blatter admitted this week that it was “a mistake.”

EA Sports, however, has tried its best to ramp up anticipation for football’s biggest tournament by having FIFA 23 predict this year’s World Cup winner.

All 64 matches of the upcoming tournament were played, from the group stage all the way to the final, and it was determined that Argentina will win the grand prize, as per ESPN. In-depth player ratings used for the video game’s FIFA World Cup playing modes were used, so you know it’s legit.

To be fair, it’s a strong possibility that Argentina will win, granting Lionel Messi the only major trophy that’s eluded him until now (and the one that should finally see him crowned as the undisputed greatest footballer of all time).

Just last month, a supercomputer also predicted that Argentina would triumph, and also determined that they’d see off Portugal – and Messi’s rival Cristiano Ronaldo – in a mouthwatering final.

EA Sports predicted the little PSG magician to win the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball for being the top goalscorer and best player at the tournament, the latter of which he won in 2014.

Messi also made it into the Team of the Tournament alongside four of his national teammates in Emiliano Martinez, Marcos Acuña, Leandro Paredes and Rodrigo De Paul.

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And for those of an Argentine persuasion, here’s a good omen: EA Sports previously correctly predicted the winner of the last four World Cups, determining that Spain, German and France would win in 2010, 2014 and 2018. Get the party started, Buenos Aires!

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