Argentina will be playing in their first World Cup final after 24 years tomorrow, and Lionel Messi insists he is ready to give up all his past achievements to lift the trophy as this would be a greater achievement than any individual prize.
Lionel Messi has won almost every award of individual excellence in his glittering career so far, including four Ballon d’Or’s, but feels that winning the World Cup will be his biggest achievement and he is even ready to sacrifice his all previous trophies for that.
“I would give all my personal records to be world champion,” Lionel Messi was quoted speaking to German newspaper Bild.
“I’d prefer to win the World Cup than the Ballon d’Or. As a player, winning the World Cup is the biggest thing there is. It’s something you dream of as a youngster and that dream never fades away.”
Lionel Messi said that he has spoken to his FC Barcelona team mates Xavi and Iniesta about how it feels to become world champions and now Argentina players will do everything possible to win the World Cup.
“I’ve asked my team-mates at Barcelona, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and [Gerard] Pique, what it’s like to lift the trophy and they said it’s hard to explain. We’ll be doing everything we can to turn this dream into a reality [for Argentina].”
Lionel Messi Looks Exhausted: Gary Lineker
England legend and BBC commentator Gary Lineker has said that Lionel Messi might be “exhausted and jaded”.
Gary Lineker, who was the member of England team that lost to Argentina in 1986, feels that Messi is the most wonderfully gifted player since Maradona but he will struggle to put in match winning performance against Germany tomorrow.
“He’s still scoring. His record is unbelievable. Let’s see if he can do it in the final. But I don’t know – he looks jaded to me,” Lineker was speaking to The Daily Telegraph.
“I don’t think he’s in brilliant shape and he looks exhausted. I love Messi, but to be honest at this World Cup, I have been marginally disappointed with him. There is something not right. He has become very static. I went to the semi-final in Sao Paulo and watched him closely, and there is so little movement now.
I know that teams have put players on him, but he has done so little to create space for himself. Yes, every now and again he will light the place up, get the ball and beat three men, but you have to wait a long time for that.”
Argentina lost to Germany in the World Cup final in 1990 and they will be hoping to take revenge of that defeat at the iconic Maracana stadium tomorrow.