Barcelona superstar, Lionel Messi, has declared that he and his Argentina teammates will “have to disappear” if by next year, they fail to win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
Argentina last won a major championship in 1993 when they emerged winners of the Copa America.
Messi and his Argentine teammates have failed to win any major trophy, losing in two successive Copa America finals – in 2015 and 2016.
They also finished runners to Germany at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Messi spoke with TyC Sports, “We have to improve if we must aspire to be world champions.
“Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare.
“Brazil are very good, Spain have great players, Germany is strong, France have a good team – today they are all at a higher level than us.
“People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticise get tired of always seeing the same faces.
“I think it’s the last opportunity for this group. There is a lot of excitement.
“If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear. It’s going to be very difficult for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years.
“I never went over the previous finals. What I have are memories.
“We were worthy of winning them because, without having played well, we had the clearest [chances] – both in the World Cup and the Copas America.
“I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we don’t repeat them. I think we deserved to win two, at least.”