Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi admits he would sacrifice a Primera Division title for a World Cup winners’ medal with Argentina.
The 30-year-old helped the Blaugrana clinch another domestic double this past season, winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey under manager Ernesto Valverde.
However, the Argentine is still seeking his first World Cup triumph and says it would mean more to him than La Liga.
“I would change a Barcelona title for one with the national team,” Messi told Argentinean TV channel El Trece.
“Winning a title with Argentina would be something unique.”
Argentina are not counted among the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia, but Messi is quietly confident that the Albiceleste can cause a few upsets at the tournament.
“I have great faith in this group, we are working very well, we have players with a lot of capacity and experience,” continued Messi.
“But we do not have to throw the message of ‘we are going to be the world champion because we are the best’, because the reality is that it is not like that.”
Asked about Argentina’s Group D opponents, Messi added: “Iceland are a team that showed in the last European Championship that they are difficult for anyone.
“Croatia have a midfield that plays very well, it is a style like Spain but one level below, and Nigeria always challenge us.”