River Plate goalkeeper Franco Armani has stated that he will “fight” to become Argentina number one at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.
Armani is yet to earn his first cap for the Albiceleste and spent most of his playing career in Colombia with Atletico Nacional before joining River Plate this year.
Following the injury to Manchester United keeper Sergio Romero, Armani will have to fight for the number one spot with Willy Caballero of Chelsea and Nahuel Guzman of Mexican side Tigres.
And the 31-year-old said he would not only be satisfied just making the squad.
“Being on the list of 23 fills me with pride but I’m not satisfied and I’m going to fight for a spot,” Armani told Radio 10 monitored by Mundo Albiceleste.
“I have prepared myself in the best way possible and I want to get an opportunity (to play) in the World Cup.
“I didn’t know anything about the call-up. I found out when the list came out.”
He went on to describe Lionel Messi as extraordinary while pointing out Argentina’s aim in Russia.
He said: “The same quality he (Messi) has in dribbling and finishing, he’s got it as a human. He’s an extraordinary leader.
“The idea and the dream of this group is to win the World Cup but to have a good World Cup would be to finish among the four best.”