Lionel Messi said that he will never forget the disappointment with Argentina at the 2014 World Cup but he hopes that football will bring happier memories in Russia.
Messi was instrumental in helping his side qualify for the 2018 competition and hit a hat-trick as they beat Ecuador away in the final round of matches.
Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli claimed that football owes Messi a debt after Argentina failed at the final hurdle in 2014 and Messi laughingly agreed.
“I hope football will repay the debt,” he explained in an interview with FIFA.com.”I heard what Jorge Sampaoli said.
In fact, he even told me himself.”The heartache which came from losing the 2014 final to Germany still lives on for the Barcelona forward, furthermore he doesn’t see it ever fully going away.
“No, I don’t think it will ever heal,” he admitted.
“I think I’m just going to have to live with what happened, it’ll always be there.”The World Cup provides nice memories, but also some very painful ones,” Messi said.