At one point it looked as though Messi may not be at the 2018 World Cup even if Argentina did qualify after he announced his international retirement in June 2016 after a second successive Copa America final defeat to Chile. Meanwhile, for City, this could very well be the end of their pursuit for the Argentine superstar.
By the time that contract expires, Messi will be 34 years old and potentially considering retirement.
Sampaoli has a wealth of attacking options having called up Mauro Icardi, Paulo Dybala and Sergio Aguero alongside Messi last time out, but the Barcelona star feels Higuain is crucial to the national team. It was only a first contact for them to know my family and for me to meet them.
While it remains to be seen whether Barcelona actually let go of the Spaniard for Rose, there is no doubt that the player will do well at Camp Nou.
"And a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment", added Messi.
"I'd have to watch them again to see what we didn't get right to not win them".
"Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more. I think we deserved to win two, at least".
I think that we have time to improve in these games and before the World Cup. when we'll have a month to put everything in order before the start. He demonstrates this every weekend at Juventus, but does not play the same with Argentina. We spoke about it through messages, it was a good thing that he had this period of absence. "I have learnt that the season is long and that there are times which are harder because the years fly by and now my body pays the price fof playing so many matches", Messi admitted.
Messi himself has been out of the side in recent weeks after starting Barcelona's last two Champions League matches on the bench.
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