Argentina must improve to succeed in Russia - Messi

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In an interview with TyC Sports, "La Pulga" said that African teams can be very risky if they have "their day". "It's going to be very hard for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years".

Messi was coaxed back into the fold and produced a hat-trick against Ecuador as Argentina only made the finals in Russian Federation by winning their last qualifier, and he does not believe the current group will be afforded another opportunity to win silverware in the Albiceleste jersey.

Barcelona ace Leo Messi wants Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain in the Argentina World Cup squad.

"We went through a tough spell".

Messi's side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before they face Croatia and Nigeria in their other group-stage fixtures.

"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we didn't them. If they have their day, they can score four goals against you", said Messi.

"I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's but I don't know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment".

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"Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare".

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

They reached the final at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but suffered defeat to Germany.

"As far as I am concerned, Higuain is one of the best centre-forwards in the world".

The 33-year-old's time at Barca could also be coming to an end, after a lack of appearances this season sparked talk of a possible move away from the Nou Camp.

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good".

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