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Messi has spent his entire senior career with Barcelona, winning countless major honours and scoring 552 goals, and has vowed that he will never represent a continental rival, with Manchester City having previously attempted to sign the forward .

Messi also touched on the Albicelste's chances at this year's World Cup, and stated that that he was happy with the squad that was selected.

Despite this, Messi has acknowledged he would have already won football's most prestigious accolade in a World Cup medal if he chose to represent the country he grew up in during his teenage years.

That Messi was not involved in either the semis or the final was great news for Argentina, who have become remarkably reliant on the five-time Ballon d'Or victor over the past couple of years.

"We have to take it match by match", Messi said in an interview with Pasión por el Fútbol. "Qualification [for the World Cup] was not easy but we made it".

But he "would swap any one of those titles with Barcelona" for a World Cup win.

According to the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings, Argentina is fifth, Croatia is 18th, Iceland is 22nd and Nigeria 47th.

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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 story of Cesc Fabregas is that Franny Cagiago and Steve Rowley brought the player here and we had to convince him", Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

Lionel Messi is the greatest of all time.

The former Warri Wolves' player, who last season, was at the centre of a racial abuse in his Europe club side, said he would expect Nigeria and other World Cup-bound countries, to take a tough stance against racism at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

The gulf in class was obvious in Buenos Aires, where 103 spots separated fifth-ranked Argentina and Haiti. We are not favourites becuse we had a hard phase, we struggled to qualify.

"Let no one have doubts that we are going to try everything, as people always ask us".

Argentina kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16.

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