Is Messi downplaying Argentina’s chances to win the Russia 2018 World Cup?

May 29, 2018 2 min to read

Lionel Andres Messi, the Argentinian Genius and one of the top football players stated that he would exchange one of the numerous trophies he has won with the Blaugrana Barcelona squad for a tournament win with his national Argentinian side.

The number 10 of the Albiceleste opened up in an interview with ‘Pasiónpor el Fútbol' about his future and the curse of lost finals that he has been facing with his national team.

Messi stated that he “would exchange one of the titles won at Barcelona with one for his National team. Winning a title with Argentina would be something unique. I have faith in this team but the reality indicates that today we are not the strongest team in the tournament. However we have many talented and experienced players”.

He continued “we must being realistic, humble and play match after match. It is important to start with a victory”.

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According to Messi the main candidates to win the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia are Brazil, Spain and Germany.

The issues with Argentinian team could be that their coach Jorge Sampaoli might not have enough time to get this team playing exactly the way he wants them.

The other issue revolves around the pressure that Messi will again be facing. As Sampaoli put it -Messi will be playing “with a revolver to his head.” He is under pressure to deliver and replicate Diego Maradona’s exploits during the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.

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However Argentina are always in contention to challenge for the coveted top prize. Many believe that this will be Messi’s world cup. He could finally help the Argentinian squad to win their third world cup final, 32 years after their victory in Mexico.

The Argentina squad has one of the best striking line in the tournament.  In this summer’s world cup Lionel Messi will be accompanied in Russia by Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero.

Argentina will facing Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in what many believe to be the “group of death”.

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