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Messi: My Generation Must 'Disappear' Should Argentina Fail To Win 2018 W/Cup

Messi: My Generation Must 'Disappear' Should Argentina Fail To Win 2018 W/Cup

"I have learned that the season is long, that there are times which are harder than others because the years fly by and now my body pays the price for playing in so many matches", Messi admitted to TyC Sports.

"The critics make him suffer, we have spoken about it many times".

Having been drawn alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in Group D of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Messi admits says Argentina must improve on their game if they are to challenge for the World Cup title in Russia.

Messi will lead the Argentina national side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation next summer with the Albiceleste looking to go one better than they did in 2014 when they lost in the final to Germany.

"If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear".

Messi himself has also been left out of the team in recent weeks.

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The Argentine has been named among the substitutes in Barca's past two UEFA Champions League matches, a spot he has not had to get used to since his breakout season in Barca's senior side when he was just 17 years old.

He explained: 'Bench role?

"Brazil are very good, Spain have great players, Germany is strong, France have a good team - today they are all at a higher level than us".

'Being on the bench is terrible.

First of all, Messi will pocket a reported €70m a year in wages, or €1.2 million-a-week or €95,880 a day (after tax) or €3,995 an hour (after tax) with exclusive image rights and a €100 million signing on fee.

Argentina, who have not won a major worldwide trophy since lifting the Copa America in 1993, were last week drawn in Group D for next year's World Cup finals in Russian Federation, alongside Nigeria, Croatia and Iceland.