Messi demands Higuain recalled by Argentina for World Cup

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2017

The 30-year-old Barcelona forward is still seeking his first senior trophy with the Albiceleste, having come painfully close in the past three and a half years as a losing finalist in the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America, reports Xinhua news agency.

"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".

"Lionel Messi signed a new contract a week ago".

"Being on the bench is awful, ' 30-year-old Messi explained".

Barcelona want a quick deal done between all parties to ensure that they don't have to pay over the odds if Coutinho has an outstanding World Cup for Brazil next summer.

Argentina's five-time world player of the year adds that Higuain "is one of the best number 9s in the world, he shows it every weekend at Juventus". But it's true that we have to improve if we aspire to be world champions.

"He is suffering for the national team, but he must be in it", he told TyC Sports.

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

It was Argentina's third major final defeat in as many years, and Messi said at the time, per BBC Sport: "For me, the national team is over".

I think that we have time to improve in these games and before the World Cup. when we'll have a month to put everything in order before the start. "It hurts not to be a champion".

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

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