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'Messi Must Stop Playing For Barca & Focus On WC'

'Lionel Messi Must Stop Playing For FC Barcelona & Focus On 2018 FIFA World Cup'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 20, 2018 03:16 PM @KurtLaduma

Many believe FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi deserves to win a FIFA World Cup with Argentina after losing to Germany in the final in 2014. The forward has now been told to stop playing for his club and focus only on the international tournament in two months' time!

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The 30-year-old has never won silverware with the Albiceleste, and many feel it would be justice for him to do so, preferably the World Cup.

Oscar Ruggeri, who won the tournament in 1986 with Argentina, believes that, with Barca having all but secured the LaLiga title, Messi should stop playing for his club side and focus all his energy on winning the upcoming World Cup in Russia with his country.

"Do you think Barcelona will lose the Spanish championship if Messi doesn't play again?" he told 90 Minutes Fox.

"Messi can call the Barcelona president and tell him 'this is my World Cup; I'm going to dedicate myself to the national team'.

"He must also call the national team coach and tell him that he is going to be completely concentrated on the World Cup."

Messi has scored 39 goals and assisted a further 16 strikes in 49 games so far for Barca this season.

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The Catalan club will play Sevilla in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday night, and the Argentine will no doubt be looking to add to his goals tally.

Do you think Argentina have any chance of winning of the 2018 World Cup? Let us know in the comments section below.


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barca-baccaneers Joined: 08 Apr 2018
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barca-baccaneers Apr 21, 2018 08:14 AM
@Pirates_999 true solja lam and they forget that Barca made messi they saw him true barcelona
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Brarcaville Apr 20, 2018 11:53 PM
maybe but gonna be difficult, messi dependence
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Chicharito07 Apr 20, 2018 11:38 PM
They don't have any chance as long Super Eagles will be in Russia
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tinashe nengomasha Apr 20, 2018 08:49 PM
Even Nigeria can win world cup
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Apr 20, 2018 04:48 PM
The King deserves this world cup more than anyone
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Mpho wa Cosmos Joined: 24 Mar 2018
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 20, 2018 04:47 PM
I just hope he won't hang himself after loosing. Pressure is the name of the game however I think it's going to far, the expectation is above the sky and if he doesn't make it mmmmm by the way he failed to handle the pressure after loosing Cow Copa America so this one...... Besides Barca pay his Bills
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Xolisah Apr 20, 2018 04:04 PM
Strongly agree he needs his fire power to excel so having a break and studying what went wrong to lose 3 finals, how can he turn that around
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Faysal Apr 20, 2018 03:45 PM
This is his last world cup with many of his national team mates
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Maloh11 Apr 20, 2018 03:43 PM
what about the team that pays his bills
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Pirates_999 Apr 20, 2018 03:42 PM
Messi is employed by Barcelona and have a contract with them so he can't just decide when to play and not to play. Barca doesn't care about Argentina their concerned is Barca and maybe Spain they won't even mind if he can be injured during the WC because it's not their concerned

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