Lionel Messi’s wounds of FIFA World Cup Brazil 2014 are not healed, and he doesn’t know if they’re ever going to heal. He is bound to live with it as it’s going to be there forever. The Argentine international has played three finals with his national side, but each time he saw his opponent walking away with the trophy. In an interview with FIFA.com, La Albiceleste no.10 speaks about his national side chances in upcoming Russia 2018 World Cup and how he feels about Argentine national team coach Jorge Sampaoli’s comment on “football owes a World Cup to Lionel Messi”.
Messi made sure that Argentina national team will be in good shape in Russia. La Pulga said, “We’ll be in good shape when we get there because we are still growing. We had to go through something that we didn’t expect or deserve, because we had earlier matches against Venezuela and Peru that we could have won easily. If we had, then we wouldn’t have had to go through what we did at the end. We’ve had four competitive matches with a new coach, but the national team’s going to change now that the Ecuador game is behind us. It’s going to grow and it’s going to get rid of all the tension and fear it felt because of that match and because of the risk of not achieving our objective. The national team is going to change a lot.”
The Argentine great has turned 30 this year, and he is feeling good about it. He is very happy with his personal life and football. He said, “I’d say I’m in a good shape on and off the pitch. I’m pleased with where I’m right now.”
His football has changed well with the time. He mentioned, “Yes of course. You grow, and as time goes by you improve as well, picking up new things along the way. As I’ve grown older, I’ve grown on the pitch too.”
Barcelona star forward laughs on his Argentine national team coach Jorge Sampaoli’s comments that football owes a World Cup to Messi. He recalls, “Yes, I did hear it, and he said it to me too. I hope football does end up paying me! (laughs)
In the end of the interview with FIFA, Messi was given a challenge to complete a sentence. In 2018, Lionel Messi will be……. Messi completed the sentence (Thinks) I’ll be a father for the third time.