After guiding his team to the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a majestic hat-trick against Equador, Lionel Messi finally opened up about his views on the upcoming world cup to be held in Russia next year.
In an interview with FIFA.com, the Argentina superstar talked about the “debt” his coach, Jorge Sampaoli, said he was still owed.
“I hope football does end up paying me!” he said, laughing.
It has been talked a lot that the whole squad of Argentina NT except for Messi, are not putting in their best efforts to win matches. In the qualifiers, this was proved by the stats wherein Argentina national team has just been able to gain 7 points out of possible 21 without Messi in the starting XI.
Talking about the national team, here is what Messi had to say.
“We’ll be in good shape when we get there because we’re still growing. We had to go through something that we didn’t expect or deserve, because we had earlier matches against Venezuela and Peru that we could have won easily. If we had, then we wouldn’t have had to go through what we did at the end. We’ve had four competitive matches with a new coach, but the national team’s going to change now that the Ecuador game’s behind us. It’s going to grow and it’s going to get rid of all the tension and fear it felt because of that match and because of the risk of not achieving our objective. The national team’s going to change a lot.”
The FC Barcelona and Argentina forward also talked about his magical hat-trick against Equador which ensured their tickets to Russia:
“It was very important because missing out on the World Cup would have been a huge blow, firstly for the squad as a whole and then for me on a personal level. I don’t know how I would have taken it. The same goes for the people of Argentina. Failing to make Russia would have been an all-time low for the country.”
Argentina have been placed in group D alongside Nigeria, Croatia and debutants Iceland.
It will most probably be the last chance for Lionel Messi to lift the World Cup. Will he be successful to guide his team to a much-awaited international glory?
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