Argentina star Lionel Messi said the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia is the last chance for Argentina’s current group of players to win a World Cup.
The football icon has lifted a plethora of global, continental and domestic titles with Barcelona, but his national team career has not consisted of the same glory and we often wonder why, considering the caliber of players that grace the team.
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Messi and Argentina have suffered heartbreak in three consecutive major international finals: the 2014 World Cup and the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Copa America.
“I cried many times because of games like these, for lost finals, for what they mean and for not being able to achieve the dream of a country,” Messi told Argentine television program “La Cornisa.”
“They [the three finals] were tough blows,” Messi continued. “It seems like having reached three finals doesn’t help us at all.”
With Messi now 30, the Barcelona star realizes that time is ticking away on his and his team-mates’ chances of achieving the FIFA World Cup 2018 glory.
Its apparent that the reason for Messi’s worry stems from the fact that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner turns 31 in June, and key contributors Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Nicolas Otamendi and Javier Mascherano will all be 30 or over when the FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off.
Starting June, Argentina will take on Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in group play at the World Cup. Lets hope Messi gets his one last wish.
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