FC Barcelona Superstar Lionel Messi On Argentina's World Cup Chances

Lionel Messi could be headed stateside for a friendly against the United States in October. More

"La Albiceleste" recorded a 4-0 victory against Haiti as Lionel Messi bagged a hat-trick, taking his global tally to an impressive 64 goals.

Argentina are next in action on Friday when taking on Israel, before beginning their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16.

He did however concede that the South Americans remain a "very good" team as they eye their first World Cup title since Mexico 1986.

Messi, 30, left Newell's at age 13 and thus did not appear in a senior match for the club.

In an exclusive interview to Spanish channel Channel 15's show passion por el futbol, the footballing wizard said that "It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe".

Messi said: "The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same. Obviously, it never crossed my mind at any time".

No matter how highly you rate him in the pantheon of all-time greats in the footballing world, Lionel Messi's time spent at the Nou Camp in Barcelona has seen him achieve the type of feats that most players only dream of.

"There's always a chance in tournament football [but] I'll be honest, I would be surprised if England and Belgium don't beat them", he said.

It would be at Newell's, nowhere else.

Euro 2016 darlings Iceland proved their shock run to the quarter-finals in France was no fluke after topping a qualifying section that included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey to become the smallest nation to compete at a World Cup.

Quoted by the BBC, he said: "We're not going as favourites but will give it our all".

Nigeria has qualified to five of the last six World Cups.

"Croatia have a midfield that plays very well, it is a style like Spain but one level below, and Nigeria always challenge us".

"We have to think we will finish first in this group, but it won't be easy".

Argentina play Israel before heading to Russian Federation and Peru face fellow finalists Sweden in Gothenburg.

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