We'll have to disappear if World Cup goes badly, says Messi

We'll have to disappear if World Cup goes badly, says Messi

Thus, Messi's preference of staying at Barcelona highlights his commitment to try and finish his career at the club where it all began.

Sampaoli has a wealth of attacking options having called up Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero alongside Messi last time out, but the Barcelona star feels Higuain is crucial to the national team.

The Juventus striker had also missed Argentina's previous two qualifiers, with the Albiceleste eventually booking their place in Russia with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in which Messi grabbed a hat-trick.

He also insisted he is happy with Valverde's rotation policy.

"I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's but I don't know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment", he told TyC Sports.

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good".

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The 30-year-old retired from international duty after losing the Copa America Centenario final to Chile in 2016, the same side that pipped them to the trophy one year prior. "But right here I believe that we should have won at least two of them". "But he must be in the squad".

He subsequently reversed his decision and will be the linchpin of a talented Argentina side as they aim to win the World Cup next year.

"We have to improve if we aspire to be world champions", said Messi. "I think we deserved to win two, at least". He said that media criticism has created a culture of fear within the squad.

People get tired and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. "It hurts a lot to have gone to three finals and be so criticised".

"Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare. What I have are memories", he said.

The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition.