Barcelona icon Lionel Messi never considered representing Spain over Argentina

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Meanwhile, Messi is so desperate to win the World Cup with Argentina that he would trade success with Barcelona to triumph in Russian Federation this summer, Soccernet reports.

Speaking on radio, the Nigeria worldwide and German Bundesliga Mainz 05 player said the World Cup is a big stage where racism should not be tolerated.

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The Gunners were interested in three Barcelona players - Messi, Gerard Pique and Cesc Fabregas - before they broke into the first team at the Camp Nou, but were forced to settle for only the latter, who went on to make more than 300 appearances for the club.

West Ham United star Manuel Lanzini is looking forward to impressing for Argentina at the summer World Cup.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli praised Cristian Pavon's connection with Lionel Messi after his side's comprehensive 4-0 win over Haiti.

And Lionel Messi has opened up on how much he wants to win the competition.

"I would swap a title with Barcelona for one with the national team".

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"I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don't know if it will happen but I have it in my mind".

Argentina face Haiti on Tuesday night and Israel on June 9 in their two friendly matches ahead of the World Cup.

Messi, who joined Barca as a 13-year-old, would have already won a World Cup if he defected to Spain as a teenager.

Nevertheless, the victory will boost fans' hopes that Messi can lead two-time champions Argentina to glory in Russian Federation.

"We have to think we will finish first in this group, but it won't be easy".

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he said to me: "Look, if you had stayed with Spain, you would be world champion", Messi said.

The five-time Ballon D'Or victor further revealed he would happily sacrifice another title with Barcelona if it meant he would win the World Cup with his homeland.

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