Argentina captain Lionel Messi has said defending champion France and Brazil are the favorites to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, as they have a core group of players who have played together for a long time.

Messi said Brazil, Germany, France, England and Spain are always labeled favorites to win, but the 35-year-old forward feels France and Brazil are the best two teams going into the Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 tournament.

"We always say the same great teams ... but, if I have to choose, Brazil and France are the two great candidates to win the World Cup," Messi told DIRECTV Sports.