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08 December 2017, 01:39 | Kristopher Drake
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.
Messi's side will kick off their World Cup campaign against Iceland on June 16, before facing Croatia and Nigeria in their other group stage fixtures.
Messi, speaking to TyC Sports, said: "If we do badly at the World Cup, we all have to disappear from the national team".
"Today we are some distance from being champions, but there is time for us to prepare. People want results and, if they don't get results, they want new faces".
"I understand Masche. The best thing is to play and enjoy yourself, and he doesn't think he'll get minutes here". There is a lot of excitement. "It's going to be very hard for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years".
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". "But it's true that we must improve if we want to be world champions".
"I would have to review them to see what we did wrong so we don't repeat them". Messi, however, believes they should have celebrated at least two victories.
In October, Maradona backed Higuain to force his way back into the team while Batistuta said the former Real Madrid striker had unfairly been made a scapegoat for Argentina's recent disappointments in major tournaments.
"He is suffering for the national team, but he must be in it", Messi stated.
The mercurial playmaker was aware of Argentina's complications and conceeded that there are better teams in the competition. I think this period off worldwide duty was good for him, though, as he has been able to focus on training and improving his fitness levels. "But he must be in the squad".
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