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

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

The World Cup is just a few weeks away (!!) with sides gearing up for the tournament by playing warm-ups including Argentina.

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

The Barcelona ace scoring goals isn't really surprising. But what he said following the win may surprise some.

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When you have a player like Messi in your ranks, naturally, you're going to be considered as one of the favourites. The bloke is a footballing genius.

Sure, Argentina's squad isn't as strong as other nations. Though with Messi at Jorge Sampaoli's disposal, anything is possible.

However, he's played down their chances but believes the team is 'very good' while 'improving day by day'.

"I am very grateful to all the people, we always felt the affection of all, not like other times that we received insults," he said via Goal.

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Messi in action for Argentina. Image: PA
Messi in action for Argentina. Image: PA

Messi added: "We all go to Russia for the same reason, the World Cup is the dream of us, of the country. We are not candidates but we are very good, training and improving day by day.

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"We have good players and we are getting stronger to fight as an equal with anyone.

"In a World Cup, logic is almost never given. We have to aim to win the first game, which is the most important because it will give us peace of mind."

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Messi tucks away a penalty. Image: PA
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The 30-year-old will give everything to claim the World Cup.

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us.

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"We are going with a great squad that is becoming strong at the team and individual level. We are facing a beautiful possibility and we are looking for that."

What's your take?

Is Messi right? Or are Argentina a candidate to raise gold in Russia?

Sound off in the comment section below.

Topics: Football News, Football, Barcelona, Lionel Messi, Argentina, World Cup

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