With the World Cup less than a month away, Argentina captain Lionel Messi spoke about the team’s chances and stated that they are not the best.
In an interview with Pasión por el Fútbol, the world’s best player commented on the three opponent’s in the group and said the team needs work. Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s a big challenge coming up for me personally as well as the group. For the country in general, their dream is the same as ours. It’s a beautiful responsibility to be able to represent the entire country at the world cup.
“We have time to work and we need it. We have to go in there with calmness and send out a message that we will be the best in the world because that is not the case. We are not the best in the world, let’s be realistic. And with that humility, we have to go look for that dream.
“We have players to be able to dream. It’s important to start off with a win to build confidence. We don’t have an easy group.”
Lionel Messi on Argentina’s chances at the 2018 FIFA world cup:
“We have to take it match by match. Starting off with a win is important because it’ll then make us calmer. It’s not an easy group. Iceland showed in the euro’s that they can go up against anyone.
“Croatia has a very good midfield and if you let them, they’ll control the ball all match long. They have Spain’s style. And it always costs us when we play Nigeria.”
Lionel Messi on his future:
“It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe. After that, I have always said that I want to play football in Argentina but i don’t know if it will happen. i have it in mind.
“I’d like to live it, be it for six months or a few matches but i don’t know. One never knows. my dream was to play for Newell’s as a kid, going to the matches with my dad, my brothers, my friends… after that; circumstances in life took me elsewhere but i still have that in mind.”
It’s clear that Lionel MESSI has his eyes set on capturing the World Cup. Very mature comments by the captain.