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'We have to disappear if Argentina don't do well'

08 Diciembre 2017

Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has reacted to manager Ernesto Valverde dropping him for the second consecutive Champions League fixture.

Lionel Messi has admitted that next year's World Cup in Russia is likely to be his last chance to win a major international tournament for Argentina.

He also insisted he is happy with Valverde's rotation policy.

If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear. As we are today, we are not far from that although there are better teams than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain.

The Barcelona legend, 30, called time on playing for the national side after they lost in the 2016 Copa America final to Chile. "But right here I believe we should have won at least two of them".

By the time that contract expires, Messi will be 34 years old and potentially considering retirement. "We still had the best chances, both in the World Cup and Copa America", he said.

Argentina endured a torrid qualifying campaign in South America's CONMEBOL group, only securing a World Cup place in the last match against Ecuador in October with a Messi-inspired 3-1 victory in Quito. "I think we deserved to win two, at least".

However, he has conceded that his willingness to return to his homeland will depend on the state of the country at the time. The criticism went beyond normal and went beyond football. People want results and if they don't get them, they want to see fresh blood. "It's going to be complicated for everyone". "There is nothing defined but we did have a conversation". "It hurts a lot to have gone to three finals and be so criticised". We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. It would seem like potentially the ideal time to return to Argentina and finish his career at Newell's, but clearly he has concerns.

'We have to disappear if Argentina don't do well'