Monday, 3 October 2011
Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi has admitted that he has experienced too much failure while on duty with the national team, and urged his team-mates to break the habit in the imminent Conmebol World Cup qualifying campaign.
Accustomed to harvesting titles as a member of the Spanish champions, the Argentine wizard has not seen the same fortune smile on him while representing the South Americans. Since making his debut in 2005, the 24-year-old can boast just one winners medal, gold in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, as a member of the senior team.
Speaking four days before Alejandro Sabella's men start their bid for Brazil 2014 against Chile, Messi affirmed that this was the time to build a consistent, winning team.
"The results we seek are still not materialising for us, we have experienced a great number of failures. I hope that against Chile we can start winning," Messi told Radio Metro.
The No. 10 also argued that it is unrealistic for the public to expect him to carry his national side, pointing out that this simply is not the case in Barcelona. And he continued to predict a fierce fight for qualification amongst South America's World Cup hopefuls.
"These games are getting more and more difficult because all the teams are on a similar level, and they can make life hard for you by packing the midfield," he explained.
Messi and Argentina host Chile in the Estadio Monumental on Friday, before travelling to Caracas to take on Venezuela the following Tuesday.