W/Cup Last Opportunity For Current Argentina Team - Messi

Barcelona's Spanish forward Paco Alcacer celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Barcelona vs Sporting CP at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona

A much-changed Barcelona side

Messi told TyC Sports, on Wednesday.

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor recently signed a new deal with Barcelona that runs to 2021.

But City apparently knew they would need to move sooner rather than later if they wanted to bring in the 30-year-old.

However, the Argentine attacker has voiced his concern over the state of affairs in his country which may cast doubt over any potential return.

"We have had some good games, or good spells under Sampaoli". But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions. "Right now there are better teams than us, like Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".

Messi still felt bitter at having lost the two Copa America finals and the World Cup 2014 final. The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football.

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"If he wanted to leave then he wouldn't have signed that new contract".

Lionel Messi has defended Gonzalo Higuain, claiming the Juventus striker is one of the best in the world and deserves to be in the Argentina squad.

At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his global retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile. I've done all I can.

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

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