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Messi Can't Win World Cup Alone

Former Argentina World Cup champion, Mario Kempes, has urged the current national side not to rely solely on Lionel Messi for this year's FIFA tournament.

Kempes, who represented his country at three World Cups and lifted the prestigious trophy in 1978, believes Argentina coach, Alejandro Sabella, can’t just rely too heavily on the four-time Ballon d’Or winner.

"You can put the players on the pitch but they always move and systems change. I think, though, that Messi has to be a special case and that the other nine outfield players should support him," Kempes told FIFA.com

"One player on his own is not going to win you the World Cup. That’s impossible.

"He can have an important part to play, no question, but there’s no way he can win every game for you by himself."

Messi is part of an exciting forward line, alongside Gonzalo Higuain and Sergio Aguero, but Kempes sees a massive difference between Argentina’s offense and defense qualities.

"They have a chance although there’s a big difference between the front line and the back line," he continued.

"But Sabella has put his faith in these players, in the goalkeeper (Monaco's Sergio Romero) who’s not playing for his club and in the defenders, and we should trust him."

The Barcelona forward, meanwhile, has recently stated that he dreams of reaching the World Cup final.

"Winning titles with the team is more important to me than winning individual awards," Messi said.

"I hope to win everything with Barcelona and obviously I hope Argentina can reach the World Cup final.

"Whether it is against Brazil or whoever it would just be a dream come true to play in the final."

Who are your World Cup favourites and how far can Messi’s Argentina go? Have your say in the comment section below.

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