Argentina needs Higuain — Barcelona ace Messi

Argentina needs Higuain — Barcelona ace Messi

Argentina's last major championship triumph was in 1993 when they emerged winners of the Copa America.

Lionel Messi has defended Gonzalo Higuain, claiming the Juventus striker is one of the best in the world and deserves to be in the Argentina squad.

Having been drawn alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Messi admits says Argentina must improve on their game if they are to challenge for the World Cup title in Russia.

"We have to improve if we aspire to be world champions", said Messi.

Argentina, who reached the final in 2014, struggled during qualification for Russia, going through three coaches before securing their place in the competition, thanks to a Messi hat-trick in a 3-1 win away to Ecuador in the final qualifier.

"Brazil are very good, Spain have great players, Germany is strong, France have a good team - today they are all at a higher level than us. There is nothing defined but we did have a conversation". What I have are memories.

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He subsequently reversed his decision and will be the linchpin of a talented Argentina side as they aim to win the World Cup next year. "I think we deserved to win two, at least".

The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition.

"But the truth is that I do not know the player very well and I can not comment too much about him".

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good". The 30-year old's contract was set to expire in the summer, leading to speculations over his future with former manager, Pep Guardiola, on the horizon at Manchester City.

The left-back has been a key figure in Tottenham's rise in recent years and could prove to be a valuable asset for any top European team.