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Messi is desperate to win a major title with Argentina


Argentina talisman Lionel Messi has revealed his eagerness to win a major title in national colours ahead of the Copa America final against Chile.Argentina will face hosts Chile in the Santiago final in a bid for a record-levelling 15th Copa America title at Bangladesh time 2am on Sunday.The Albiceleste captain starred in their 6-1 thumping of Paraguay in the semi-final on Wednesday.Messi’s less-than-impressive record in the sky blue stripes does not do justice to his prolific achievements with his Spanish club Barcelona, who registered their second European treble last season, a first-ever in history.”It is a final and I am hopeful. It will be a close game,” Messi told the journalists after beating Paraguay.”Winning the Copa would round off something spectacular. I really want to win something with the national team,” he was quoted as saying on
The 28-year old scored only one goal in the competition this edition so far – from a penalty – to take his international goalscoring tally to 48.He, however, asserted that he was not concerned by failing to find the back of the net from open play and was happy with his new role in providing assists.Messi was an influential figure for Gerardo Martino’s men in Concepción, supplying three direct assists, and two indirect, that earned him the Man of the Match quoted Messi as saying after the semifinal that he was “not too worried that I did not score any goals”. He hoped that his goal will come in the final.”The important thing is to lift the national team as high as possible and it doesn’t matter who gets the goals.” The four-time Ballon d’Or winner was Argentina’s lynchpin in the midfield and under his supervision they fashioned superb flexibilty, especially in the second-half of the game when they hit the clueless Paraguay defence with four.”We fulfilled the first objective of being in another final. We are very excited that we can be champions.”Messi sees a tight encounter in the final.”I think we are coming into the match in good shape, but we will be playing a team with very good individual players.”Both sides always try to play good football and not leave the opponent any time on the ball.”


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