Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

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.

A poor performance at Russian Federation 2018 could see Messi vanish again, though, according to the man himself. I think that we have time to improve in these games and before the World Cup. when we'll have a month to put everything in order before the start.

"It'll be hard for some to stay on".

Messi also reaffirmed hopes of closing his career with Newell's Old Boys.

The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition. Barcelona has failed to perform well in the champions league in the past two seasons. But eventually, they couldn't convince Messi to move from one table-topping team to another.

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He added: "Bench role?"

However, speaking ahead of City's Champions League clash with Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday, Guardiola, who oversaw the bulk of Messi's rise to becoming arguably the greatest player of all time, rejected talk that a transfer was ever on the cards. "It looks easier from the outside".

By the time that contract expires, Messi will be 34 years old and potentially considering retirement.

Having been drawn with Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D in next year's tournament, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor expressed worries about the threat posed by the Super Eagles to his country's chances of reaching the second round.

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