Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

"Because we have been in the national team for many year, we have played several Copa America, previous World Cup".

Messi flourished through Barcelona's famous academy La Masia and has been at the club since he was a 13-year old.

But the lack of confirmation on that agreement had led to talk that Messi could sensationally leave Barca, with the 30-year-old reportedly the subject of an audacious bid from City.

"I think this time away from the national side has done him good and judging by the times we spoke, it has made him see things differently", Messi said.

"He is one of the best strikers in the world and he has shown that every week at Juventus", the Barcelona player told Argentina broadcaster TyC on Wednesday.

The Juventus striker had also missed Argentina's previous two qualifiers, with the Albiceleste eventually booking their place in Russian Federation with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in which Messi grabbed a hat-trick.

He added: "Bench role?" It's hard for me not to play or to be subbed off, but I realised and understood that it was for the best.

"Being on the bench is terrible".

Having been drawn with Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D in next year's tournament, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor expressed worries about the threat posed by the Super Eagles to his country's chances of reaching the second round.

Jorge Sampaoli's side nearly did not qualify for the tournament, but a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador secured their spot in Russian Federation.

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