Argentina captain Lionel Messi has vowed to win the World Cup before he retires from football.
Messi, who clocked 31 on Sunday, was quoted in the Mirror as saying: “It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special – and for me too.
“I’ve always had the dream of watching me raise the World Cup. And then seeing the emotion that goes with it.
“My hair stands on end just thinking about that moment. It would make millions of Argentine’s in the world happy.
“So we cannot give up on that dream.
“I have won all the most important tournaments but I am ambitious to the end. I would not like to retire from active football without being a world champion with my country.”
Messi and his Argentina teammates face elimination from the Russia 2018 World Cup on Tuesday as any result other than victory against the Super Eagles will send the Brazil 2014 finalists packing.