Lionel Messi lobbies for Gonzalo Higuain return to Argentina side

Lionel Messi

"Because we have been in the national team for many year, we have played several Copa America, previous World Cup".

A poor performance at Russian Federation 2018 could see Messi vanish again, though, according to the man himself.

"I think we have enough time to improve in the upcoming games and before the World Cup, we will have a month to prepare and leave everything in place for the start", he said.

Messi also reaffirmed hopes of closing his career with Newell's Old Boys.

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.

It was Argentina's third major final defeat in as many years, and Messi said at the time, per BBC Sport: "For me, the national team is over".

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Messi told TyC Sports: "If we do badly at the World Cup, we all have to disappear from the national team".

Marca also claims that Messi's representatives were approached by the Premier League leaders without permission from his current club. Barcelona has failed to perform well in the champions league in the past two seasons.

He added: "Bench role?"

While it has been a shock to see Messi out of the starting line-up, the player himself is convinced that it is for the best as he looks to reach the end of the season in top condition.

But City apparently knew they would need to move sooner rather than later if they wanted to bring in the 30-year-old.

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