Puyol Messi cant wait to win a trophy with Argentina

Puyol Messi cant wait to win a trophy with Argentina

first_imgBarcelona legend Carles Puyol is certain Lionel Messi remains as hungry as ever to win silverware for Argentina ahead of his comeback game.The 31-year-old forward’s Argentina future had been in doubt for nearly nine months following last summer’s World Cup last-16 exit to eventual winners France.Messi had since skipped the last four international breaks and refused to comment on his plans, despite the Argentine Football Association (AFA) repeatedly attempting to assure fans of his return.However, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner is now back in the international fold and Argentina manager Lionel Scaloni is expected to name him as a starter for tonight’s friendly against Venezuela.And Puyol is delighted his former Barcelona team-mate decided to not call it a day on his international career.“The fact Messi’s returned to the national team is great news for Argentina and for football lovers. The more matches we see from Messi, the better, because it’s a delight to watch him play,” said Puyol, according to Sport.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“It’s incredible how they much they live for football in Argentina. I understand how they might get angry with their team but they can’t place all the responsibility on Messi. For me, he’s the best player of all time but one person alone can’t win anything.”Messi has enjoyed a trophy-laden spell at Barcelona, where he’s won an incredible nine La Liga titles, six Copa del Reys and four Champions League crowns.Aside from an Olympic gold medal in 2008, though, Messi has never won a major tournament with Argentina after losing three Copa America finals and the 2014 World Cup final.Puyol added: “I believe that Leo plays with the same intensity for Argentina that he does with Barcelona.“I know how he feels about his national team, it’s everything, he can’t wait to win a trophy with the national team. The others need to help him out.”The Argentina and Venezuela friendly will take place at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano Stadium with kick-off set for 21:00 (CET).BARCELONA, SPAIN – JANUARY 27: Lionel Messi (L) of FC Barcelona celebrates with his teammate Carles Puyol after scoring his team’s second goal from the penalty spot during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna at Camp Nou on January 27, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)last_img

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