Buenos Aires, Dec 7: Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that upcoming Football World Cup in Russia is likely to be his last chance to clinch a major international tournament for Argentina.
The 30-year-old footballer is still seeking his first senior trophy with the Albiceleste, having come painfully close in the past three and a half years as a losing finalist in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America, IANS quoted citing Xinhua news agency reported.
“People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticize get tired of always seeing the same faces,” Messi told in an interview TyC Sports.
“I think it’s the last opportunity for this group. There is a lot of excitement. If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear. It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years”, he added.
Argentina endured a torrid qualifying campaign in South America’s CONMEBOL group, only attaining a World Cup place in the last match against Ecuador in October with a Messi-inspired 3-1 triumph in Quito.