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Messi: Why Russia 2018 May Be My Last World Cup

Messi: Why Russia 2018 May Be My Last World Cup

Argentina captain Lionel Messi is unsure if he will continue  to represent the country beyond the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Messi, 30, briefly quit La Albiceleste in 2016 and is considering bringing a permanent close to an international career that began in 2005.

The Barcelona star’s long stint in the national team has been marked with near misses including a defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup decider and back-to-back final failures at the Copa America.

Messi, who was named player of the tournament four years ago, believes Argentina’s accomplishments have been undervalued by his country’s media, and says the trip to Russia could be his last.

“I don’t know. It will depend how we do, how it ends,” the Barcelona forward told Sport .

“The fact we’ve lost three finals now has led to some complicated moments with the Argentine press due to the differences in seeing what it means to reach a final.

“It is not easy and [reaching three finals] has to be appreciated. It’s true that winning them is important, but getting there is not easy.”

The two-time world champions will face stiff competition from countries like Brazil, Germany, Spain, France and Belgium in Russia as they attempt to add to their title.

However, he insists Jorge Sampaoli’s side have nothing to fear.

“There are a lot of very good players but we also have quality players that any national team would want. We don’t envy anyone,” the skipper added.

Argentina commence their campaign against Iceland in Moscow on June 16 before further Group D clashes with Croatia and Nigeria.

COMMENTS

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  • If only this crop Super Eagles have any gots, this would surely be your last world cup.
    A win for Arg v Iceland, A draw against Croetia and a loss against Nigeria will send you packing. In great humiliation too.