I’ll play out my heart against Nigeria - Messi

Wednesday 28 May 2014

/ by Colin Udoh

Lionel Messi stepped up his preparations for possible World Cup glory by taking part in Argentina’s training and hope to do well at the Mundial.

Despite being widely regarded as the best player in the world, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner endured a mixed season with Barcelona.

Messi scored 41 goals for the Nou Camp outfit in a trophyless season – as the Catalan club lost its La Liga title to Atletico Madrid on a dramatic final day of the campaign.

On a national level, the Argentina captain has only scored one goal for his country in eight World Cup matches over two tournaments.

However, after scoring 10 goals in qualifying the forward believes the Argentinians are primed for a deep run in the first South American World Cup since 1978.

‘I have arrived with the national team and I am flipping the switch. Many times it was the opposite, I would go to Barcelona and play well, this time we hope the reverse is true,’ he said.

‘When I get together on the pitch with my friends (on the national team) it is going to be a different story.’

Argentina’s bid to win a third World Cup starts against in their Group F opener against Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 15.

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