Lionel Messi 'increasingly sure' that he would leave Europe after Barcelona

Lionel Messi 'increasingly sure' that he would leave Europe after Barcelona

Lionel Messi 'increasingly sure' that he would leave Europe after Barcelona

While pointing out that the Eagles would have to play as a team to carry the day on June 26 in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Musa stressed that they must avoid any complexes that would see Messi get the edge.

A fairytale ending for the legendary Argentine that would involve a trip back to his home-country may well be a few years off yet, but given his contributions to the sport as a whole over the years, who could deny Messi that?

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has complained that his side have to play their final World Cup warm-up match in Israel.

Last year, France, in its first European Championship, eliminated England in the Round of 16, then qualified for the World Cup over Croatia and Ukraine, proving what they did in France was no fluke.

Messi completed the triple - and scored his 64th global goal - with a tap-in past Haiti keeper Johny Placide after 65 minutes. This group of players have been together for a long time and we really want to go for an important title. We're training hard and we're improving every day.

The Albicelestes, who are two-time world champions, had struggled throughout the qualifying campaign but the thoroughly dominating display here should boost their confidence even though the win came against a side that has not qualified for the World Cup.

"I don't know if it will happen but I have it in my mind".

In an exclusive interview to Spanish channel Channel 15's show passion por el futbol, the footballing wizard said that "It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe".

"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. "I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen". "That's where it all stems from, but at no time did the thought or any doubts cross my mind".

"We're not going as favourites but will give it our all", said Messi.

On Group D, Messi added: "Iceland are a team that showed in the last European Championship that they are hard for anyone". Argentina found that out in November, when the Super Eagles came back from 2-0 down to beat them, 4-2, in a friendly in Russian Federation.

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic is the team's primary goal scoring threat and will have a key role to play if Croatia are to advance beyond the group stage for the first time since finishing third at the 1998 World Cup.

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