Argentina will depend on the performances of their star forward Lionel Messi at the World Cup, but he insists he is just another player.
The 30-year-old is widely regarded as one of the greatest footballers of all time, if not the greatest. He has a record five Ballon d’Or gongs to his name after winning four Champions League titles and nine La Liga titles with Barcelona.
However, Messi says he still thinks of himself as just another player despite all his achievements.
“I don’t consider myself the best, I think I am just another player,” Messi told Paper Magazine.
“On the field, we are all the same when the game begins.”
While he may have told the magazine he doesn’t consider himself to be the G.O.A.T, or Greatest of All Time, Messi did pose for a series of photos with, wait for it… an actual goat.
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Asked about Argentina’s World Cup prospects, he added: “It will be important to prepare well, because in the qualifiers we were fighting up to the end and we didn’t have time to prepare ourselves.
“We still have to make ourselves stronger as a team to be in the running to win and be at the same level as other teams like France, Germany, Brazil or Spain.
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“But we have a good group of players and the Argentine team is always going to be a candidate to win, it doesn’t matter how we get there.
“We always aim to win and we will try to go slowly but strongly to advance in the competition.”
Argentina will compete in Group D alongside Nigeria, Iceland, and Croatia.