Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

The Barcelona legend, 30, called time on playing for the national side after they lost in the 2016 Copa America final to Chile.

'If we do badly at the World Cup, we all have to disappear from the national team.

Having helped Argentina to the 2014 final and also played a key role in their tortuous qualifying campaign, the captain is demanding a vast improvement from himself and his team-mates in Russian Federation. It'll be hard for some to stay on, ' he told TyC Sports.

One man who has already confirmed he will be ending his Argentina career after next summer's showpiece is Messi's Barca team-mate Javier Mascherano.

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And that has sparked talk of a move away.

Buenos Aires: Lionel Messi has given his backing to out-of-favour Argentina team mate Gonzalo Higuain and said the Juventus forward should be recalled to the national side in time for next year's World Cup finals.

"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.

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

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He explained: 'Bench role?

'Being on the bench is disgusting.

But Messi believes he should be recalled in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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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