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Sampaoli, however, said Barcelona's Messi was raring to go although their West Ham United forward Manuel Lanzini, who scored Argentina's second goal at the weekend, is doubtful.

"Against Ecuador I was a bit strong in my tone suggesting that football owed Messi a World Cup, however I knew he was going to appear for us at the vital moments". To be so close and not being able to lift the trophy on previous occasions was a disappointment for all of us. "If I would hit that ball in some other way, maybe like I did against Chelsea the other day from a similar position", added Messi.

'We have a debt with ourselves [the players].

Argentina superstar Lionel Messi says it's "now or never" for him and his Albiceleste teammates at the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation this summer. We always give our all, we reached three finals.

"We feel that it's now or never".

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea has been among those to criticise the ball set to be used at the finals in Russian Federation, but his coach knows the players will have to quickly get used to it if they are to perform at their best and advance from a group containing Portugal, Morocco and Iran.

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The five-time Ballon d'Or victor has been in typically sublime form for Barcelona this season and he dragged a ragged Argentina to qualification for Russian Federation 2018 by scoring a sensational hat-trick away to Ecuador last October.

"I spoke to Paulo about [those comments], what he said is the truth", Messi told FoxSports.

"I understood what he said, there was no need to clarify anything".

National teams are using the Adidas Telstar 18 for the first time during the current round of internationals and the lack of grip and excessive movement through the air has been criticised.

'Right now we're not among the contenders to win the World Cup, ' argued the Barcelona star.


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