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I think that we have time to improve in these games and before the World Cup. when we'll have a month to put everything in order before the start.

At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his worldwide retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile.

"It'll be hard for some to stay on".

Barca had somehow managed to get to a stage where the five time Ballon d'Or victor was not far removed from being able to negotiate a free transfer away from the Camp Nou in January.

Messi still felt bitter at having lost the two Copa America finals and the World Cup 2014 final.

Messi said: "Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more".

Marca also claims that Messi's representatives were approached by the Premier League leaders without permission from his current club.

He explained: 'Bench role?

Messi also spoke about Nigeria's star, John Obi Mikel, who voted for him to win The Best Fifa Men's Player 2017, an award that finally went to Real Madrid and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo.

'Being on the bench is terrible.

"Being on the bench is frightful, ' 30-year-old Messi explained".

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

But Messi believes he should be recalled in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

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