Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

Dec 08, 2017, 01:42
Messi forgoes opportunity to be the world's highest paid player

"Nigeria have very good players, fast players, you can't give them space".

The 30-year-old retired from global duty after losing the Copa America Centenario final to Chile in 2016, the same side that pipped them to the trophy one year prior.

"We went through a tough spell".

Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has sensationally declared that he and his Argentina teammates will "have to disappear" if they fail to take their last chance of winning the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

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Last Friday, Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia were drawn together in World Cup Group D.

"Pipa has suffered a lot from criticism and we have talked about it a lot of times", Messi said.

"Brazil are very good, Spain have great players, Germany is strong, France have a good team - today they are all at a higher level than us".

"But it's true that we need to improve if we want to be world champions. We still had the best chances, both in the World Cup and Copa America", he said.

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"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we didn't them. But right here I believe that we should have won at least two of them".

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. "The bitterness we feel is because we know what's coming if things don't go well for us. We don't feel that way".

Previous indications that the Barcelona star will head to his homeland to finish his career seem to be in doubt as he fears for his family's safety in South America.

It was Argentina's third major final defeat in as many years, and Messi said at the time, per BBC Sport: "For me, the national team is over".

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'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.