Published: Thu, May 31, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

What Lionel Messi Has Said About Argentina's World Cup Chances

What Lionel Messi Has Said About Argentina's World Cup Chances

"La Albiceleste" recorded a 4-0 victory against Haiti as Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick, taking his worldwide tally to an impressive 64 goals.

However, the Argentine is still seeking his first World Cup triumph and says it would mean more to him than La Liga.

Such a talent-rich country failing to win the world's biggest competition despite the presence of the greatest player ever would be hard to fathom.

The victory was Peru's third in a row against European opposition following friendly wins over Croatia and Iceland and will fill them with optimism as they head to their first World Cup since 1982.

Messi moved to Barcelona at the age of 13 and would have been eligible to play for Spain.

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

Sporadic links to Manchester City have for some time seemed unlikely to come to fruition but Messi has previously spoken of finishing his career with Newell's Old Boys in his native Rosario.

The 30-year old forward in an interview with tv program Pasion por el Futbol said: "It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe".

"It would be Newell's, no one else".

"I'd like to live it, be it for six months or a few matches but I don't know".

A turbulent qualifying campaign was rescued by a Messi hat-trick in the thin air of Quito, but there is little margin for error in a challenging group featuring Croatia, Nigeria and tournament debutants Iceland.

"No one should doubt that we're going to give our all, as our supporters demand". He missed the friendly in Krasnodar in November that Nigeria won 4-2.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner's latest chance to overturn this situation comes at the imminent World Cup 2018. "We don't have an easy group". But that's the way it is, we have to travel on the day before the match, play Israel in Israel and then from there go on to Russian Federation.

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