After Argentina's terrible start to the World Cup, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has declared that he is ready to fight in order to qualify for the round of 16 and confirmed that he will not retire without having won the World Cup.
The Argentine captain had previously stated that his generation has a ‘debt to settle’ at the Russia World Cup but after two poor performances on the trot from the Albiceleste, their chances of qualification hangs by a thread and must beat Nigeria and better Iceland’s result by two goals in their final Group D match.
Messi opened up about his dream of winning the World Cup, and was quoted by The Mirror as saying: “It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special - and for me too.
“I’ve always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it,” he said.
Messi, who will be 35 by the time the 2022 Qatar World Cup comes around is hoping to win a World Cup after coming so close in Brazil 2014 where La Albiceleste were defeated in the final by Germany.
“My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment. It would make millions of Argentines in the world happy. So we cannot give up on that dream. I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end. I would not like to retire from active football without being a world champion with my country.”
Messi’s legacy as the greatest player to have ever played the game might depend on how he plays for the rest of this World Cup. He has found little joy so far in Russia, missing a penalty against Iceland before he was unable to influence the match completely in Argentina’s 3-0 defeat against Croatia.