Paris: The “wounds” of 2014 will probably never heal, concedes Lionel Messi but the Argentine superstar is hopeful that 2018 will bring with it the World Cup that football “owes” him.
Counted among the greatest of the game, the 30-year-old Barcelona icon has still not forgotten the heart-breaking 0-1 loss to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.
“I don’t know if they are ever going to heal. We are just going to have to live with it. It is going to be there forever. The World Cup is a very happy memory and a bitter one too because of how it ended, how it all worked out. But it’s always going to be there,” Messi said in an interview to ‘FIFA.Com’.
Argentina went on to lose a couple of Copa America finals to Chile after that, fuelling the criticism that Messi has under-achieved with the national team.
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But the touch artist silenced his critics by single-handedly guiding an under-performing Argentina to the 2018 World Cup main draw.
After the Albicelestes won a do-or-die clash against Ecuador, riding on a magnificent Messi hat-trick, to make the cut for Russia 2018, coach Jorge Sampaoli went on to say that football owed him a World Cup.