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W/Cup Last Opportunity For Current Argentina Team - Messi

08 December, 2017, 01:42 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Lionel Messi

In an interview with local channel TyC Sports, broadcast on Wednesday, Messi describes Higuain as "a fundamental player, he needs to be there".

Argentina, who reached the final in 2014, struggled during qualification for Russian Federation, going through three coaches before securing their place in the competition, thanks to a Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win away to Ecuador in the final qualifier.

Barcelona ace Leo Messi wants Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain in the Argentina World Cup squad.

Having been drawn alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Messi admits says Argentina must improve on their game if they are to challenge for the World Cup title in Russia.

"I'd have to watch them again to see what we didn't get right in order not to win them".

"We had a hard time (in qualifying), but we had our moments", Messi said.




Messi, who has won eight LaLiga titles and four Champions Leagues with Barcelona, does not think about his failures with Argentina, though he feels they deserved to triumph at the last hurdle at least twice. "However, they also allow you to play; they leave gaps and many spaces are generated".

"Brazil are very good, Spain have great players, Germany is strong, France have a good team - today they are all at a higher level than us".

"For me, he is one of the best number nines in the world".

"We have crossed paths several times, but have never talked to each other".

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good".

In October, Maradona backed Higuain to force his way back into the team while Batistuta said the former Real Madrid striker had unfairly been made a scapegoat for Argentina's recent disappointments in major tournaments.

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