Messi demands Higuain recalled by Argentina for World Cup

Messi said that the Super Eagles are a unsafe team who have powerful attackers, as demonstrated in their 4-2 friendly win over Argentina in Russian Federation during the last global window.

Argentina's last major championship triumph was in 1993 when they emerged winners of the Copa America.

Messi worked with Pep Guardiola for four years as the pair won three league titles and two Champions Leagues together.

A poor performance at Russian Federation 2018 could see Messi vanish again, though, according to the man himself. It's hard for me not to play or to be subbed off, but I realised and understood that it was for the best.

"People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticise get exhausted of always seeing the same faces". There is a lot of excitement.

"I think if we do badly in this World Cup, we all have to disappear from the National Team".

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

Messi still felt bitter at having lost the two Copa America finals and the World Cup 2014 final. We are the first ones to want to win with the national team.

"For me, he is one of the best number nines in the world".

"The critics make him suffer, we have spoken about it many times".

"The bitterness we feel is because we know what's coming if things don't go well for us. But he must be in the squad".

Messi has been in great form for the Blaugrana so far this season, scoring 17 goals and assisting a further six strikes in 22 matches.

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