Argentine International and Barcelona main man Lionel Messi said in an interview with an Argentine TV that Russia 2018 could be his only Chance of him winning the competition for his country side.

Argentine International and Barcelona main man Lionel Messi said in an interview with an Argentine TV that Russia 2018 could be his only Chance of him winning the competition for his country side.
Argentine International and Barcelona main man Lionel Messi said in an interview with an Argentine TV that Russia 2018 could be his only Chance of him winning the competition for his country side.

The 5 times Balon d'or  winner made these statements due to the pressure he is facing in his home country for not being able to win three consecutive finals he has help the country get to 2 Copa America finals and 1 World Cup final where Argentina loosed to Germany.


It’s just the feeling that this group of players has. It seems that having reached three straight finals didn’t mean anything. Obviously, we depend on results and unfortunately, we reached three finals and we didn’t win them.

“A lot was said about us. The criticisms hurt back then. But the demand is going to be there for this group to get it done. We think that if we don’t do it, we are going to get a lot more (criticism) and we are not going to have another possibility.”

The pressure led Messi to quit, albeit for someti, from international duty in 2016, after Argentina lost to Chile in the Copa America final, his third straight with the national team.

“I’ve cried many times for lost finals,” the five-time Ballon d’Or winner said. “I cried for not being able to fulfil the dream of our nation. My desire is the same as every Argentine, which is to lift the World Cup.”

Messi said the 2014 World Cup final defeat to Germany is still an open wound.

“We know how challenging it is to win a World Cup,” the 30-year-old said.

“To win a World Cup is very difficult and we came so close to achieving that dream. Football is full of surprises, not always the best team wins. I’ve learned to accept that. I felt we deserved the 2014 World Cup. It was a tough blow. To have been so close, it was painful.”

Messi is looking ahead to Russia with a positive view, Nevertheless. In their group, the Albiceleste will face Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria.

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