Messi reveals what will happen if Argentina don't win 2018 World Cup


"It seems like having reached three finals doesn't help us at all". "Obviously, we depend on the results, unfortunately".

"I imagine being able to be in that game, to win it, to be able to raise the cup". The criticisms hurt back then.

Montella made three changes from the side that had stunned Old Trafford, giving a starting berth to Wissam Ben Yedder after he scored twice after coming off the bench on Tuesday, but his side rarely got going against Leganes.

"I ate badly for many years: chocolates, alfajores (South American filled biscuits), fizzy drinks, and everything", Messi told La Cornisa TV.

Meanwhile, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor will be hoping his side can surpass their feat at 2014 edition of the championship - where they lost 1-0 to Germany in the extra time of the final encounter. In 2014, Messi carried a strong Argentinian team to the final against Germany but couldn't get the job done.

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

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"He [Messi] is undoubtedly the best player in the world and he shows it every single game", Nunez said. I've learned to accept that. They are grouped with Nigeria, Croatia, and Iceland and start their campaign with a match against first-timers Iceland on June 16. We are very enthusiastic and eager to lift the cup for our country. They are always there and I tell them everything. "The team and the players are showing that we attack and defend all together". It doesn't happen often. "Technically, we might not even need to beat them when we meet just like it happened the last time in Brazil when we had both qualified for the next stage and it could be the same in Russian Federation".

"To win a World Cup is not easy". "Everywhere in the world they are waiting for Argentina to be champions and for that to happen to me", Messi said.

Messi suffered from a growth hormone deficiency when he was growing up in Rosario, in the Argentinian state of Santa Fe. I'm aware that whenever I speak there are many people that listen, that there are repercussions. But he admits he is his biggest critic. "I do not know what I'm going to do".

Argentina players celebrate after winning a past global game.

"It is very hard not to have the routine of training, playing". "It's hard to think about not doing the routine that I have now, going to training, playing". But that's over. I know they say things out of place, that have nothing to do with sport.

The first decent chance went the way of Bilbao in the 69 minute when Sabin unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the box, but the Barcelona keeper produced a good save to deny him.