Lionel Messi discusses Argentina hopes

30 May, 2018, 17:39 | Author: Ellis Copeland
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Meanwhile, Messi came agonisingly close to winning the prestigious tournament four years later during the final in Brazil, but Argentina ultimately fell short as Mario Gotze scored the victor for Germany in extra time.

Argentina continues its World Cup preparation when it takes on Haiti in an worldwide friendly in Buenos Aires.

Argentina are among the favourites with most bookies, largely down to the presence of Messi.

The five-time Ballon D'Or victor further revealed he would happily sacrifice another title with Barcelona if it meant he would win the World Cup with his homeland.

Lionel Messi is switched on. It's not an easy group.

Speaking on radio, the Nigeria worldwide and German Bundesliga Mainz 05 player said the World Cup is a big stage where racism should not be tolerated.

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"The other day I was talking to a friend and he said to me: "Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion", Messi said.

"I'm increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club", Messi said in an interview with Argentine television station El Trece. Argentina play Haiti on Tuesday in Buenos Aires and Israel on June 9 in Jerusalem in their two warm up games.

"I met Cesc's parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and Pique as well". We're working well, we have players with ability and experience, but we have to go slowly.

He admitted that they are all hungry to win the World Cup and the presence of Messi in their team makes it even more of an incentive.

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us". Jorge Sampaoli's side have been drawn into a group featuring Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Russian Federation.

The attention he draws just by being involved in a play opens up space for his teammates, and he sent a message to future opponents rather than rest ahead of the World Cup.

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