Messi: Argentina, Masche, the bench…

08 December, 2017, 01:46 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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A poor performance at Russian Federation 2018 could see Messi vanish again, though, according to the man himself.

As well as losing to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, Argentina were also defeated by Chile in successive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.

"We had a hard time (in qualifying), but we had our moments", Messi told TyC Sports.

But the lack of confirmation on that agreement had led to talk that Messi could sensationally leave Barca, with the 30-year-old reportedly the subject of an audacious bid from City.

'Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more, ' Messi added.

LIONEL MESSI HAS affirmed that he has no problem with sitting out certain games for Barcelona, after featuring on the bench in recent weeks.


Lionel Messi has defended Gonzalo Higuain, claiming the Juventus striker is one of the best in the world and deserves to be in the Argentina squad.

And he made no secret of his dislike at being amongst the subs.

He explained: 'Bench role?

Barcelona's forward, Lionel Messi, rejected an offer to become the world's highest-paid player, from Manchester City and preferred a new contract with Barca. "It looks easier from the outside".

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

Argentina, who reached the final in 2014, struggled during qualification for Russian Federation, going through three coaches before securing their place at the tournament thanks to a Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win away to Ecuador in the final qualifier.

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