Lionel Messi discusses Argentina hopes

Lionel Messi discusses Argentina hopes

Lionel Messi discusses Argentina hopes

Asked if Argentina could win the World Cup, Messi swerved between hope and realism.

Haiti struggled to contain Argentina from the outset and the 2014 World Cup finalists - who fill face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D in Russian Federation - showed their superiority on the scoreboard when Lo Celso was brought down in the penalty area under a rash challenge from Ricardo Ade.

Argentina showed no mercy as Messi turned provider, playing through Aguero to make it 4-0 two minutes later.

The five-time Ballon D'Or victor further revealed he would happily sacrifice another title with Barcelona if it meant he would win the World Cup with his homeland.

"To be honest, we already know how to play against Croatia, but of course I will not tell you", he teased.

"We're not going as favourites but will give it our all", said Messi. "Qualification [for the World Cup] was not easy but we made it".

"We have players with talent and experience".

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However, Messi has revealed he never considered rejecting the opportunity to represent the country of his birth, as he believes a World Cup victory with Argentina would be a "unique" moment for him.

Argentina looked lost in its last game-a 6-1 loss to Spain-when Messi wasn't out there, but Tuesday was a much different story with one of history's greatest players creating in the open field, directing through balls-none more impressive than the one to Aguero-and darting past defenders.

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The gulf in class was obvious in Buenos Aires, where 103 spots separated fifth-ranked Argentina and Haiti.

"I met Cesc's parents and at the time we were interested in Messi and Pique as well".

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us".

Jorge Sampaoli's men kick off their World Cup campaign by taking on Iceland on June 16.

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