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30 May, 2018, 17:40 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
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"I am very grateful to all the people, we always felt the affection of all, not like other times that we received insults", Messi was quoted as saying by Goal after the match.

Spain is the type of team Argentina will have to face and beat in the latter stages of the World Cup, and the defense didn't provide much reason for optimism even though it can point to Messi's absence as a reason the opponents were living on their side of the field.

Giovani Lo Celso took advantage of that space, and the combination of the two playmakers was a problem for Haiti's back line and gives Argentina fans hope there is more magic to come with soccer's biggest tournament on the horizon.

He continued: "I would swap a title with Barcelona for one with the national team". We can not send the message that we are the best because that's not true.

Messi moved to Barcelona at the age of 13 and would have been eligible to play for Spain.

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same", added Messi.

"But it wouldn't have been the same".

The Argentina worldwide vowed to remain at Barca before eventually ending his career with a short stint at his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys.

The former Warri Wolves' player, who last season, was at the centre of a racial abuse in his Europe club side, said he would expect Nigeria and other World Cup-bound countries, to take a tough stance against racism at this year's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

"It would be Newell's, no one else".

"Nothing more, I'd like to live that for at least six months, but you never know what's going to happen".

Iceland, he said, "compete with anybody" pointing to their surprising run at Euro 2016.

Goal-scorer: Lionel Messi smiles after a near miss.

He missed the friendly in Krasnodar in November that Nigeria won 4-2.

With no goals in his first 12 caps, the Juventus star plans to make the most of Jorge Sampaoli's FIFA World Cup call-up and do whatever it takes to help the FC Barcelona superstar lift his first global trophy in Russian Federation.

Messi compared Croatia to Spain "for controlling the ball, the quality of their midfield players".

Leo is now thinking about the first game against Iceland on June 16: "We have to win to have peace of mind".

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