Lionel Messi thanks Argentina fans for support despite Spain thrashing

30 May, 2018, 22:33 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Iniesta sits alone on the pitch hours after the game

While a chance at World Cup glory seems bleak, the 30-year-old will still go all in to ensure that The Albiceleste go as far as they possibly can.

Without Messi, Jorge Sampaoli's team slumped to a 6-1 friendly loss to Spain recently, with the team lacking any cohesion.

"Iceland are a team that showed in the last European Championship that they are hard for anyone".

Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden career at Barca, however, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor is still searching for his first major senior title with Argentina.

2014 World Cup finalists Argentina will attempt to go one better when the tournament returns this summer in Russian Federation, and with Barcelona's Lionel Messi raring to go and clinch the only major trophy that has eluded him, the South Americans have a chance to win it.

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And Messi, unsurprisingly, was the star of the show.

Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot after 17 minutes before doubling Argentina's lead 12 minutes into the second half with a simple tap-in after the keeper could only parry a header.

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Messi was the hero at La Bombonera - the Argentina captain and Barcelona superstar scoring three goals and assisting Sergio Aguero in the global friendly.

Or just watch the goals here.

"I'm increasingly sure that in Europe, Barcelona will be my only club", Messi said in an interview with Argentine television station El Trece.

'We tried for the three but of course it didn't work out, but we got a gem there in Cesc and he is an exceptional player.

The Albicelestes, who are two-time world champions, had struggled throughout the qualifying campaign but the thoroughly dominating display here should boost their confidence even though the win came against a side that has not qualified for the World Cup.

"We have to win against Iceland and that will give us calmness for the rest of the group matches". We will put all what we have on the field as our fans always ask.

"We are going with a great squad that is becoming strong at the team and individual level".

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