Messi gives reason for hope ahead of World Cup

Lionel Messi hopes Argentina’s collection of stars can help propel the nation to World Cup glory in Russia.

The Barcelona legend captains a 23-man squad full of dangerous forwards, including Sergio Aguero, Paulo Dybala, and Gonzalo Higuain. However, a perceived vulnerability in defense has been raised as a barrier to coach Jorge Sampaoli’s chances of leading the country to its first triumph since 1986.

“We are going with great enthusiasm and much desire,” the skipper told DeporTV, as reported by Marca.

“We have been preparing very well throughout our training camp. We have great players on an individual level and we will fight as an equal to any team, even if we are not the favorites.”

Argentina commences their campaign against Iceland on June 16 before further Group D meetings with Croatia and Nigeria.

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