Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

Lionel Messi says that he will continue to "dream" of lifting the World Cup with Argentina, even if his side "are not serious contenders" this time around.

Croatia was forced to get through a playoff to qualify for their second consecutive World Cup, despite featuring great players.

Elsewhere, Michael O'Neill saw England's World Cup opponents Panama draw 0-0 with his Northern Ireland team and expects the Gareth Southgate's squad to be "too strong" for the Central Americans next month.

Referees at the World Cup finals will be able to dish out red cards for off-the-ball incidents spotted by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, soccer's rule-making body IFAB has said.

"I am very grateful to all the people, we always felt the affection of all, not like other times that we received insults", said the Barcelona star, per Sacha Pisani of Goal.

"We are not playing Messi but Argentina, it's all about teamwork, with or without Messi, and our focus is to perform better in the World Cup".

Christian Cueva put Peru 1-0 ahead after 36 minutes from the penalty spot before former Al Jazira forward Jefferson Farfan took advantage of slack defending just seconds after the break to complete the scoring. This group of players have been together for a long time and we really want to go for an important title. "Also, we can't send the message that we're going to emerge world champions because we're the best, because in reality it's not like that", Messi admitted during a television interview. We're training hard and we're improving every day.

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor easily buried the shot, blasting it over Placide.

"We are going to Russian Federation with all the enthusiasm".

They then kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. "This is a lovely opportunity and we're going to give it our all".

Argentina play Israel before heading to Russian Federation and Peru face fellow finalists Sweden in Gothenburg.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

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