Lionel Messi Talks Newell's Old Boys 'Dream,' Argentina World Cup Hopes

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"We have to improve if we must aspire to be world champions", Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor told TyC Sports.

Messi along with his Argentine teammates have failed to end La Albiceleste's drought, losing in two successive Copa America finals - in 2015 and 2016, and also finishing runners to Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

"I never went over the previous finals". People want results and if they don't get them, they want to see fresh blood.

Messi's side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and Nigeria in their other group stage fixtures. We are the first ones to want to win with the national team. "It's much more hard for us to play at home than on the road".

"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".

But the 29-year-old has been in prolific form for Juventus this season, scoring nine goals in 14 Italian Serie A matches, and Messi believes his experience will be "vital" in Russian Federation.

"I'd have to watch them again to see what we didn't get right to not win them".

Argentina's five-time world player of the year adds that Higuain "is one of the best number 9s in the world, he shows it every weekend at Juventus".

Messi also thinks Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, should be recalled to the Argentina squad.

The Argentine global footballer will now play for Barca until 2021.

However, the 30-year-old has insisted he understands how important rest is as the constant game time take its toll on his body more now than in his younger days as a footballer. I think this period off worldwide duty was good for him, though, as he has been able to focus on training and improving his fitness levels.

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