Musa Says Eagles Won't Focus On Messi Alone

Musa Says Eagles Won't Focus On Messi Alone

Messi was the hero at La Bombonera - the Argentina captain and Barcelona superstar scoring three goals and assisting Sergio Aguero in the global friendly.

The Barcelona ace scoring goals isn't really surprising.

Quoted by the BBC, he said: "We're not going as favourites but will give it our all". The bloke is a footballing genius.

For all the nationalistic pride that comes with cheering for your country at the World Cup, it can be tough to muster up the motivation when your favorite team doesn't have a seat at the table. With a scare in the past, coach Jorge Sampaoli had confience place on him to find a starting XI to fit Messi's game in a short time.

However, he's played down their chances but believes the team is "very good" while "improving day by day".

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

"But not for a minute did I have any doubts", Messi said, convinced that, if he had played with Spain in 2010 and won the South Africa World Cup with that team, "it wouldn't have been the same" as winning it with the team from the land of his birth. "We can not send the message that we are the best, because that's not true", he said.

"We have players with talent and experience". We have to aim to win the first game, which is the most important because it will provide us with peace of mind.

Messi tucks away a penalty.

Messi completed his treble - his 64th worldwide goal in his 124th appearance for his country - with a tap-in after 65 minutes.

Speaking on world football's governing body Fifa's website, the 51-year-old said: "Messi doesn't get the same support from his team-mates as Maradona did. We had a complicated time in the qualifiers, but we are training well".

We go to Russian Federation with a great team which is getting stronger on a collective and an individual level. "We are facing a attractive possibility and we are looking for that".

Messi netted the hat trick in Argentina's 4-0 triumph Tuesday at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. Have your say in the comments section below.

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