Messi: My Generation Must 'Disappear' Should Argentina Fail To Win 2018 W/Cup

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Messi will lead the Argentina national side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next summer with the Albiceleste looking to go one better than they did in 2014 when they lost in the final to Germany.

Next year's tournament may be the last chance for the 30-year-old Messi to win a major trophy with Argentina and the FC Barcelona forward is already concerned.

"I never went back over the finals we lost".

"People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticise get exhausted of always seeing the same faces".

The Albiceleste have been drawn in one of the toughest World Cup groups, alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia.

"If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear".

Messi himself has been out of the side in recent weeks after starting Barcelona's last two Champions League matches on the bench.

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"But it's true that we need to improve if we want to be world champions".

Higuain was a starter for Argentina in the 2014 Soccer World Cup final against Germany in Brazil and in the finals of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.

"Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more".

"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we don't repeat them. 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".

"Criticism does hurt him and we've talked about this many times".

Messi also thinks Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, should be recalled to the Argentina squad. He demonstrates this every weekend at Juventus, but does not play the same with Argentina.

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good".

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