Barcelona's Lionel Messi reveals plans for Newell's Old Boys return

Lionel Messi swap Barcelona title for Argentina win

Lionel Messi: Barcelona will be my only European club but I would love to play for Newell's Old Boys

A makeshift and inexperienced Scotland side were beaten but not disgraced in their 2-0 loss to World Cup-bound Peru at the frenzied Estadio Nacional in Lima.

Haiti struggled to contain Argentina from the outset and the 2014 World Cup finalists - who fill face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in Group D in Russian Federation - showed their superiority on the scoreboard when Lo Celso was brought down in the penalty area under a rash challenge from Ricardo Ade.

Meanwhile, Messi came agonisingly close to winning the prestigious tournament four years later during the final in Brazil, but Argentina ultimately fell short as Mario Gotze scored the victor for Germany in extra time.

Messi, who has now scored 64 worldwide goals, admits that they are not among the favourites, but he says logic goes out the window at the World Cup.

"We have to take it match by match", Messi said in an interview with Pasión por el Fútbol.

Messi has won multiple Champions League and Club World Cup titles with Barca.

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Messi moved to Barcelona at the age of 13 and would have been eligible to play for Spain. Obviously, it never crossed my mind at any time.

Lionel Messi says he is "increasingly sure" Barcelona will be the only club he ever represents in Europe.

Nigeria, Messi said, are "always tough for us".

The Argentina global vowed to remain at Barca before eventually ending his career with a short stint at his boyhood club Newell's Old Boys. Iceland showed in the Euros that they can go up against anyone.

Messi compared Croatia to Spain "for controlling the ball, the quality of their midfield players". It won't be easy, but we have the best player in the history of football and we'll do everything possible to achieve it. Argentina play Haiti on Tuesday in Buenos Aires and Israel on June 9 in Jerusalem in their two warm up games.

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