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Messi: Argentina must improve to succeed in Russia

08 Diciembre 2017

"They're very different", revealed the 30-year-old.

Eventually, the superstar signed a new deal with a stunning reported release clause of €700 million.

Sampaoli has a wealth of attacking options having called up Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero alongside Messi last time out, but the Barcelona star feels Higuain is crucial to the national team.

However, he has conceded that his willingness to return to his homeland will depend on the state of the country at the time. "Simply, a greeting and the usual respect, that's all", concluded Messi.

The Argentina admits "sometimes not playing is for the best".

They reached the final at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but suffered defeat to Germany. The Brazilian club were naturally offended and Barcelona had to issue an apology.

"We have to improve if we aspire to be world champions", said Messi. I'm a gremista at heart, my blood is blue. What I have are memories. Let's take it easy.

"I know there have been a lot of controversy [regarding Arthur] but I have only heard it from the distance.

He has to be [in the team] because he is vital, he is one of the best forwards in the world and he always shows it".

He felt that people are getting tired of seeing the same faces in the national side.

The Argentine has been named among the substitutes in Barca's past two UEFA Champions League matches, a spot he has not had to get used to since his breakout season in Barca's senior side when he was just 17 years old. Being on the bench is horrible. Now, Spanish outlet, GOL, states that Barcelona are interested in the Englishman.

Higuain has nine goals and three assists in 13 Serie A starts for Juventus, who are in third place in the table in Italy, two points behind leaders Inter.

"I think it's the last opportunity for this group".

Messi: Argentina must improve to succeed in Russia