Messi sees Russian Federation as last chance for World Cup glory

Joann Johnston
March 19, 2018

Argentina captain Lionel Messi has admitted that he and his teammates acknowledge that the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation may be the last opportunity for them to win the coveted trophy.

But the five-time Ballon d'Or victor feels the recent support La Albiceleste gained - has given them a renewed sense of optimism going into the global showpiece in Russian Federation later this year.

After being defeated in three consecutive major global finals (Copa America twice and 2014 World Cup), many believe that this golden generation of the South American side has blown their chance of worldwide glory.

"I cried many times because of games like these, for lost finals, for what they mean and for not being able to achieve the dream of a country", Messi told La Cornisa.

"We depend on the results, unfortunately", Messi said.

"They (the three finals) were tough blows", Messi said.

Argentina haven't won the World Cup since 1986, where of course Diego Maradona's "Hand Of God" cheated England out of it.

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"I imagine being able to be in that game, to win it, to be able to raise the cup".

"It is nice to see people wishing me and the team a great World Cup, and so many want to see me win the trophy". "It seems that having reached three finals doesn't help. It's the dream I have always had and every time a World Cup comes it gets even stronger".

Part of Messi's uncertainty appears to stem from the current social problems in Argentina.

Lionel Messi and Argentina are drawn alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D, while the Albiceleste will kick off their campaign this summer against Iceland.

Messi, Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over when the World Cup in Russian Federation kicks off.

Meanwhile, Messi has been in fine form this season, netting 37 goals, which includes 25 goals in the ongoing La Liga season.

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