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Lionel Messi: I'd Give Up Barcelona Title For National Team Glory

Argentina captain Lionel Messi said that he would swap Barcelona title for a trophy with the national team ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

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Updated:May 28, 2018, 3:17 PM IST
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Lionel Messi: I'd Give Up Barcelona Title For National Team Glory
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Argentina captain Lionel Messi said that he would swap Barcelona title for a trophy with the national team ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner who has enjoyed great success at Barcelona is still looking for his major title with the national team. Messi was a part of the Argentina team that lost in the final of 2014 World Cup in Brazil. That’s not it, the final losing streak extended in 2015 and 2016 Copa America title clashes.

"I would change a Barcelona title for one with the national team," Messi told Argentinean TV channel El Trece.

"Winning a title with Argentina would be something unique."

Argentina will open their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16 and will play Croatia and Nigeria after that. Messi also feels that Argentina is not the best side going into the World Cup.

"I have great faith in this group, we are working very well, we have players with a lot of capacity and experience," he said.

"But we do not have to throw the message of 'we are going to be the world champion because we are the best', because the reality is that it is not like that."

On Group D, Messi added: "Iceland are a team that showed in the last European Championship that they are difficult for anyone.

"Croatia have a midfield that plays very well, it is a style like Spain but one level below, and Nigeria always challenge us."

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