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Soccer-Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

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Montrelle Montesinos | 08 Diciembre, 2017, 01:48

It'll be difficult for some to stay on, ' he told TyC Sports.

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

He also insisted he is happy with Valverde's rotation policy.

Lionel Messi believes he and his Argentina team-mates will "have to disappear" if they fail to take their "last chance" to win a trophy at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

While it remains to be seen whether Barcelona actually let go of the Spaniard for Rose, there is no doubt that the player will do well at Camp Nou.

The Barcelona legend said he would never play for his country again after their 2016 Copa America final loss to Chile, but he made a U-turn just two months later. "It's going to be very difficult for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years".

The 30-year-old Barcelona player, won the prize for being the top scorer in Europe's leading leagues last season after netting 37 times for the club.

"We were worthy of winning them because, without having played well, we had the clearest [chances] - both in the World Cup and the Copas America". But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions. Messi, however, believes they should have celebrated at least two victories. "It hurts not to be a champion". Maybe the Argentine knows that a fear of failure can ignite Argentine spirits and disappearing from the national setup is a reality that is very much real. The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football. We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. "There is nothing defined but we did have a conversation". It was only a first contact for them to know my family and for me to meet them.