Russian Federation 2018: We Aren’t The Best, Messi Warns Argentina Fans

Elena Summers
May 31, 2018

Messi was the hero at La Bombonera - the Argentina captain and Barcelona superstar scoring three goals and assisting Sergio Aguero in the worldwide friendly.

The Albicelestes, who are two-time world champions, had struggled throughout the qualifying campaign but the thoroughly dominating display here should boost their confidence even though the win came against a side that has not qualified for the World Cup.

"Against Iceland we will have to take advantage of the domain, we need a high level of force in the World Cup".

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.

However, both men failed to shine and instead it was Aguero and Boca Juniors' Christian Pavon who staked their claim for a World Cup place when they came on after an hour. "The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same", he added.

"But it wouldn't have been the same".


Messi repeated that he dreams not only of playing for Argentina but in Argentina, preferably for his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys. "But I've always said I hoped to play football in Argentina some day, though I don't know if that will happen.but I keep it in mind", he said.

It would be at Newell's, nowhere else. "I'd like to live that for at least six months, but you never know what's going to happen". Croatia and Nigeria make up Group D alongside them.

Iceland, he said, "compete with anybody" pointing to their surprising run at Euro 2016.

"No one should doubt that we're going to give our all, as our supporters demand".

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor added: "In a World Cup, logic is nearly never given". Messi followed the shot with an easy right footed finish.

It has been revealed that Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, was pressurised into including injured Moses Simon on the list of players traveling to London ahead of the friendly game against England scheduled for this weekend.

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