Lionel Messi is so desperate to win the World Cup with Argentina that he would trade success with Barcelona to triumph in Russia this summer.
Only the hardest hearts would deny Lionel Messi, the best player of his generation, World Cup glory.
As the world waits to see if Lionel Messi can drag la albiceleste kicking and screaming to the 2018 World Cup in Russia, The Panenka revisits some of the Barcelona phenomenon’s best moments for Argentina.
Football in the South American country is in chaos. Days before Argentina’s football association had been removed pending criminal investigation, Albiceleste suffered a second consecutive Copa America final defeat. Afterwards, the coach promptly resigned leading to a rudderless search for a new boss. To make matters worse, the jewel of the Argentine crown, Lionel Messi, also retired.
With just a few weeks to go until the 2016 Rio Olympics, The Panenka looks at the state of things for the two-time World Cup Champions.