Messi "increasingly sure" Barcelona will be his only European club

Marcus Newton
May 31, 2018

Argentina are not counted among the favourites to win the World Cup in Russian Federation, but Messi is quietly confident that the Albiceleste can cause a few upsets at the tournament.

Messi in action for Argentina.

"We have to be looking at the quality of our players - and I believe we are going to Russian Federation to do well - and not the quality of other countries' players, " Musa submitted.

Peru, meanwhile, out-thought, outplayed and out-muscled an understrength Scotland, who rarely threatened at the Estadio Nacional in a rematch of a famous 1978 World Cup encounter between the sides that the South Americans won 3-1.

The Germany squad is training hard ahead of their World Cup title defence in Russian Federation - nearly too hard judging by some of the challenges.

Messi completed the triple - and scored his 64th worldwide goal - with a tap-in past Haiti keeper Johny Placide after 65 minutes.

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us. We can not send the message that we are the best, because that's not true".

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"The other day I was talking to a friend and he said to me: "Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion", Messi said.

The 30-year old forward in an interview with tv program Pasion por el Futbol said: "It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe".

"I always said that I want to play some day in Argentine football", he added. "I'd like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what is going to happen".

Super Eagles 2018 FIFA World Cup group D opponents Argentina defeated Haiti 4-0 in a friendly encounter played on Tuesday, May 29.

Nigeria is in the same group as Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

The Guardian reports that VAR will be used for the first time at a World Cup this summer.

Argentina will travel to Barcelona later this week for a training camp before flying to Israel for their second and final friendly before the finals begin.

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