"We haven't been far off", Messi said in an interview with Fox Sports.
"You can't teach him anything. Because this is it, we have to think that this could be the last for this group of players".
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Afghanistan recorded a straight forward seven wicket win over the West Indies in a final tainted by a sense of anti-climax. Yet wickets began to fall, with Simi Singh taking three crucial scalps as Ireland clawed their way back into the game.
"We always take each World Cup as a big opportunity, and now more than ever because an important generation will move on, several players will change", Messi said, ahead of Tuesday's friendly against Spain in Madrid.
Nevertheless, the occasionally feisty nature of their Clasico showdowns does not give Sampaoli any cause for concern over Messi's fitness.
And despite training with Argentina he is going to be given time off to recover with the World Cup coming up this summer.
La Joya was left out of the squad for the games with Italy and Spain, as was Inter captain Mauro Icardi.
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"He trained yesterday and today and if he stays as he is there'll be no worries about him playing".
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has said goalkeepers will have to get used to the World Cup ball before the tournament starts in June rather than complain about it following criticism from Germany's Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Spain's Pepe Reina.
"To see what will make us work like a team", admitting that while Argentina still had work to do to decide their strongest side, "Spain have their side already consolidated. if they are not the best side in the world, they are among the best".
National teams are using the Adidas Telstar 18 for the first time during the current round of internationals and the lack of grip and excessive movement through the air has been criticised.
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Special prayers and processions with the blessed palm leaves were held across all districts in the state. He noted that Christians worldwide marked the beginning of the Holy Week with Palm Sunday.