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Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

"People need to know that we are not going to Russian Federation as favourites but we have a group of very good players and we are ready to scrap", Messi said.

Argentina have won their previous four encounters at the tournament.

"I would change a Barcelona title for the national team".

"We have players with talent and experience". We can not send the message that we are the best because that's not true.

And Messi conceded Argentina are below the likes of Brazil, Spain and reigning champions Germany.

"We all want to be crowned world champions".

'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.

"But it wouldn't have been the same. That's where it all stems from, but at no time did the thought or any doubts cross my mind".

Lionel Messi has reiterated his intention to only play for Barcelona in Europe and spend six months back in Argentina with boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.

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He said: "I am grateful for the treatment people give me, but it is true that sometimes I would like to go unnoticed".

"I always said that I wanted to play someday in Argentina".

'It would be at Newell's, nowhere else.

In Group D, Messi's men will face Croatia on June 21, and Nigeria on June 26.

Iceland, he said, "compete with anybody" pointing to their surprising run at Euro 2016.

As expected, skipper and Barcelona star Lionel Messi maintained his jersey number 10.

The Barcelona star reached the final with Argentina at the last World Cup in Brazil, where they lost to Germany thanks to Mario Goetze's victor in extra time.

Messi was on hand to collect the match ball in the 66th minute when he controlled a cutback from substitute Cristian Pavon and fired powerfully past Placide.

"Argentina is the best in the group going by name, and for us the most important thing is not to lose the opening game vs Croatia".


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