Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

  • Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

Messi demands Argentina improvement ahead of World Cup

"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".

Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia were drawn into Group D in Friday's draw in Moscow. "I think this time away from the national side has done him good and judging by the times we spoke, it has made him see things differently", Messi said.

Argentina captain Lionel Messi believes they need to improve if they are to stand a chance of winning next year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. We deserved to win them, in spite of not playing that well.

At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his worldwide retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile.

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

"Right now we're not far off, but there are better sides than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain".

In wide-ranging interview, Messi also added his voice to calls for Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli to include Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain in his World Cup plans.

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

People get exhausted and want to see new faces and new things in the National Team. The bitterness we feel is because we know what awaits us if we do badly. "We don't feel that way".

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

"Of course, it is tough being a sub, but I have come to understand it is for the best". "I have always said that I don't consider myself to be a striker, but I have been lucky enough to always score goals and win individual prizes", he said.