Argentina star Lionel Messi is aware time is catching up on his international carrer and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia may be his last opportunity of him winning a senior medal for himself.
In a fantasic run of carrerr in which he’s won almost every available titles including five Ballon d’Or gongs, a senior title with the Albiceleste is the only chink in his shining armour.
Argentina have been three-time Copa America runners-up and also lost to Germany in the finals of the world cup in the 2014 Brazil in Messi’s 12 years with the senior team.
The 30-year-old is now desperate to go one better in Russia, with his team having been beaten by Germany in extra time in Rio de Janeiro four years ago.
“We feel that, if we won’t win the World Cup in Russia, the only way will be to give up the national team,” Messi told La Cornisa on Sunday.
“I dream of winning the trophy in Russia. My wish is to live something similar to Brazil 2014.
“You can do everything OK and fail, like Argentina in Brazil.”
Argentina are considered favourites in a World Cup preliminary group which has Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.