Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Messi demands Higuain recalled by Argentina for World Cup

Messi demands Higuain recalled by Argentina for World Cup

The Juventus striker had also missed Argentina's previous two qualifiers, with the Albiceleste eventually booking their place in Russian Federation with a 3-1 win in Ecuador in which Messi grabbed a hat-trick.

"Of course, it is tough being a sub, but I have come to understand it is for the best".

"People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticise get exhausted of always seeing the same faces".

"If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear". However, club president Josep Bartomeu, despite previous criticisms of his administration, was never likely to let that happen and has now secured the Argentine genius to a monstrous new deal that will keep Messi at the Camp Nou until 2021.

"We were worthy of winning them because, without having played well, we had the clearest [chances] - both in the World Cup and the Copas America. I think we deserved to win two, at least".

Messi's stats, success and innumerable broken records back up the money he'll be earning though, with 524 goals in 605 Barca appearances to his name along with eight La Liga titles, five Copa Del Reys, four Champions Leagues and three FIFA Club World Cups.

Argentina were placed in Group D at last week's World Cup draw, alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

"For me, he is one of the best number nines in the world".

However, the 30-year-old has insisted he understands how important rest is as the constant game time take its toll on his body more now than in his younger days as a footballer. "But he must be in the squad".

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