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Argentina and Peru kick-started their final preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with morale-boosting home wins on Tuesday, while Panama had to settle for a scoreless draw against the visiting Northern Ireland.
Giovani Lo Celso took advantage of that space, and the combination of the two playmakers was a problem for Haiti's back line and gives Argentina fans hope there is more magic to come with soccer's biggest tournament on the horizon.
"In Argentina, I would like to play six months or some games in Newell's", Mundo Deportivo quotes Messi as saying.
"More than the result we were able to say goodbye to our fans and show that we are going to Russian Federation with hope", Messi said.
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He continued: "I would swap a title with Barcelona for one with the national team".
For all his success at the club level, for all his individual honours, Lionel Messi is still not the best Argentina has produced according to his own countryman.
"We have players with talent and experience".
Messi has now revealed he was first approached to play for Spain when he was on tour in Finland with the Blaugrana, but already he had his heart set on playing for his country of birth.
He said: "The other day I was talking to a friend and he said to me: "Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion".
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"Obviously, it never crossed my mind, being a champion with Argentina would be something unique".
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he tried to sign Barcelona stars Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique.
Messi compared Croatia to Spain "for controlling the ball, the quality of their midfield players". It's not an easy group.
The Argentina captain was one of only three players - along with Willy Caballero and Javier Mascherano - to play the full 90 minutes in Buenos Aires.
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