Messi hat-trick eases Argentina to victory over Haiti

Lionel Messi

"We're not going as favourites but will give it our all", said Messi.

While Barcelona chiefs would not allow Arsenal to talk to Messi as they had no interest in selling the Argentinian forward. "We have impressive players, but we have to be humble". We can not send the message that we are the best because that's not true.

Keen to ensure he entered this summer's World Cup in the best possible physical condition, Messi allowed Barça boss Ernesto Valverde to rest him from time to time over the past few months. The legendary Diego Maradona is still held in higher regards by every fan and this is down to one reason only; the World Cup.

"But it wouldn't have been the same". Obviously, it never crossed my mind at any time.

The 30-year-old suggested that he could return to his homeland in Argentina to play for Newell's Old Boys.

Lionel Messi says he is "increasingly sure" Barcelona will be the only club he ever represents in Europe.

"I always said that I wanted to play someday in Argentina".

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"It would be Newell's, no one else".

They then kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi has reiterated that he would never consider playing for another team in Europe.

He missed the friendly in Krasnodar in November that Nigeria won 4-2.

La Albiceleste almost missed out on a place in next month's World Cup but for the exploits of the pint-sized magician, as his brilliant hat-trick against Ecuador last October helped guide the nation to Russian Federation, after it looked certain that Jorge Sampaoli's men would fail to qualify.

Messi was on hand to collect the match ball in the 66th minute when he controlled a cutback from substitute Cristian Pavon and fired powerfully past Placide.

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