W/Cup Last Opportunity For Current Argentina Team - Messi

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It's hard for me not to play or to be subbed off, but I realised and understood that it was for the best.

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has explained how he feels about being a substitute on occasion at the Catalan club.

Messi said: "Mascherano? I'm not going to tell you what he told me, but I'll understand if he leaves, he wants to play more".

"I have come to understand that the season is long and that some periods are more important than others".

"It is very ugly to see the things that happen in Argentina, that you can go out on the street and people want to rob you and that they can kill you".

His previous deal was due to expire in the summer, meaning he would have been free to speak to potential suitors in the new year.

Higuain was left out of Jorge Sampaoli's squad for Argentina's final two World Cup qualifiers against Peru and Ecuador in October.

But City apparently knew they would need to move sooner rather than later if they wanted to bring in the 30-year-old.

But Messi believes he should be recalled in time for the World Cup in Russian Federation.

"If he wanted to leave then he wouldn't have signed that new contract".

Having been drawn with Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia in Group D in next year's tournament, the five-time Ballon d'Or victor expressed worries about the threat posed by the Super Eagles to his country's chances of reaching the second round.

The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition.

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