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Barcelona star Lionel Messi retains hope of Newell's Old Boys chance

Barcelona star Lionel Messi retains hope of Newell's Old Boys chance

The 30-year old will be leading Jorge Sampaoli-managed Argentina in World Cup 2018, and while Messi could have represented Spain in his career, he explained why he didn't ever consider that possibility.

He added: "In a World Cup, logic is nearly never given".

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Tickets for an Israel-Argentina friendly soccer match in Jerusalem next month with Barcelona star Lionel Messi expected in the line-up sold out within 20 minutes, the Israeli company handling sales said.

With no goals in his first 12 caps, the Juventus star plans to make the most of Jorge Sampaoli's FIFA World Cup call-up and do whatever it takes to help the FC Barcelona superstar lift his first worldwide trophy in Russian Federation.

Meanwhile, Messi came agonisingly close to winning the prestigious tournament four years later during the final in Brazil, but Argentina ultimately fell short as Mario Gotze scored the victor for Germany in extra time.

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"I believe so, I have faith in this team", he said. "We don't have an easy group". "Winning a title with Argentina would be something unique".

Messi moved to Barcelona at the age of 13 and would have been eligible to play for Spain.

With Lanzini's only appearances for the country's youth sides coming just a year earlier when he played five times in their failed under-20 World Cup qualifying campaign, he was far from being a senior team prospect, given the quality and number of players waiting to make the grade. We're working well, we have players with ability and experience, but we have to take things slowly.

"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.


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