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"We have to improve if we must aspire to be world champions", Messi, a five-time Ballon d'Or victor told TyC Sports.

Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland and Croatia were drawn into Group D in Friday's draw in Moscow.

"Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare".

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"They have very good players, it was clear in the second half (in Krasnodar); but they also allow you to play, they leave gaps and many spaces are generated". There is a lot of excitement. We are the first ones to want to win with the national team. However, club president Josep Bartomeu, despite previous criticisms of his administration, was never likely to let that happen and has now secured the Argentine genius to a monstrous new deal that will keep Messi at the Camp Nou until 2021. What I have are memories.

Lionel Messi has defended Gonzalo Higuain, claiming the Juventus striker is one of the best in the world and deserves to be in the Argentina squad.

"Having said that, he needs to be in the Argentina squad".

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"He is suffering for the national team, but he must be in it", Messi stated. He demonstrates this every weekend at Juventus, but does not play the same with Argentina.

However, the 30-year-old has insisted he understands how important rest is as the constant game time take its toll on his body more now than in his younger days as a footballer.

"I believe that this period without the national team did him good".

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Higuain has scored 11 goals in 21 matches for Juventus this season.