Messi: ‘I always dreamed of winning with Argentina and it freed me’

The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner spoke about Argentina’s chances in the World Cup, the Copa America and PSG in the Champions League.

In an interview with Hristo Stoitchkov for the Mexican television channel TUDN, one of the best players in history returned to the current situation at Paris Saint-Germain, to Argentina’s chances of winning the next world and also spoke about how winning the Copa America took the pressure off him.

“Argentina is ready to fight”

On the World Cup, Messi explained: “We know that a World Cup is very difficult, where small details take you out of the championship. But this is a national team ready to fight and they will fight regardless of the opponent.“, he said. Asked about the evolution of the Argentine team, Lionel Messi indicated that they now have a great team and they are capable of winning.

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“Winning changes everything, you work in a different way, things happen automatically, differently. In the past we’ve played in big groups, in big America’s Cups, World Cups and we don’t didn’t have a chance to win. The only difference I see with this group today is that they had a chance to win and that decompresses everything“, analyzed the Argentinian.

“The Copa America, the icing on the cake”

On the triumph in the last edition of the Copa America, Messi underlined the liberating power this success had on his mindset and his football. “Personally, it was something incredible, difficult to explain. Even today, when I see the moment of the final and the celebrations, I get goosebumps and I am moved. It’s something I’ve fought so hard for, something I’ve dreamed of throughout my career, to be able to achieve something with the national team.”said Messi.

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The Albiceleste national team captain insisted: “I had very hard knocks, lost finals of the Copa America, the World Cup? I was criticized for a long time for these defeats. To finally be able to win it with my national team after having won everything with Barcelona. .. I was missing the icing on the cake and fortunately it arrived. And for the group, it decompressed everything, winning allows you to free yourself, to work in a different way”.

“The Champions League is not always won by the best”

During the interview, Messi referred to the terrible C1 elimination against Real Madrid, the difficulty he faced and repeated what he has already said several times, namely that the League of champions does not allow mistakes and that this is a competition in which the best team does not always win.

“PSG’s main objective, like every year, is to be in the Champions League. It’s a very difficult competition to win, because it’s not always won by the best team, it’s always played on small details, the slightest mistake deprives you of a knockout round. We are preparing to face the difficult times and to rise to the occasion”, he concluded.


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