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Barcelona star Lionel Messi retains hope of Newell's Old Boys chance

30 May 2018

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

Dybala, 24, is widely considered as one of the most talented attackers in Europe at the moment but his involvement in the Argentina national team was in doubt due to the alleged incompatibility with captain Lionel Messi.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor also expressed his views on how fame affects his lifestyle and how he has to miss out on a few occasions with his family, while also admitting that he is thankful for the love he receives.

"After that, I have always said that I want to play football in Argentina but I don't know if it will happen".

Goal 1: Lionel Messi puts the ball in the back of the net from a tidy penalty.

The 30-year old will be leading Jorge Sampaoli-managed Argentina in World Cup 2018, and while Messi could have represented Spain in his career, he explained why he didn't ever consider that possibility.

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"At a World Cup, logic hardly ever prevails".

'The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same, ' added Messi.

"I have great faith in this group, we are working very well, we have players with a lot of capacity and experience". "We're not going as favourites because we had a complicated time in the qualifiers, but we are training well and we will give it our all".

He admitted that they are all hungry to win the World Cup and the presence of Messi in their team makes it even more of an incentive.

"We have good players and we are getting stronger to fight as an equal with anyone". Iceland showed in the Euros that they can go up against anyone.

The attention he draws just by being involved in a play opens up space for his teammates, and he sent a message to future opponents rather than rest ahead of the World Cup.

Barcelona star Lionel Messi retains hope of Newell's Old Boys chance