Barcelona ace Messi: Argentina needs Higuain

Arnold Nichols
December 8, 2017

"I have come to understand that the season is long and that some periods are more important than others", he explained during an interview with TyC Sports. "It's going to be very hard for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years".

Jorge Sampaoli's side nearly did not qualify for the tournament, but a Messi hat-trick in their final qualifier against Ecuador secured their spot in Russian Federation. "But it's true that we must improve if we want to be world champions".

"Nigeria are like that, they have two faces".

Argentina have been drawn alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia at the World Cup.

"I've said many times that my dream is to play at Newell's but I don't know what will happen, and a part of that doubt is due to the way the country is at the moment".

"I never went over the previous finals. What I have are memories", he said. As we are today, we are not far from that although there are better teams than us such as Brazil, Germany, France and Spain.

"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we didn't them".

Argentina's five-time world player of the year adds that Higuain "is one of the best number 9s in the world, he shows it every weekend at Juventus".

As well as losing to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final, Argentina were also defeated by Chile in successive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016.

"But I think that this time away from the national team has done him good, now he is seeing things in a different light".

In October, Maradona backed Higuain to force his way back into the team while Batistuta said the former Real Madrid striker had unfairly been made a scapegoat for Argentina's recent disappointments in major tournaments.

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