Barcelona’s Lionel Messi admits Argentina regrets

Lionel Messi Argentina

The four-times Ballon d’Or winner has confessed that the World Cup final is still a source of disappointment for him.

When considering the best players to ever play football, Pele and Diego Maradona are two of the first names mentioned - with their World Cup winning exploits a key reason for their prominence in such discussions.

Although Barcelona star Lionel Messi will surely also go down as one of the all-time greats, the Argentina international missed the opportunity to win football’s greatest prize in Brazil in the summer.

With his nation defeated in the World Cup final by Germany, Messi will have to try again in 2018 to follow in compatriot Maradona’s footsteps.

The Barcelona man has admitted that he regrets the missed chances that plagued Argentina in the final and looks back at the game with remorse.

"It's true that there was a lot of expectation because of the form we were in going into the World Cup,” Messi told Fifa’s website, transcribed in AS.

“The final was a terrible blow. We had the clearer chances to score; we'll regret not putting the ball in the back of the net for the rest of our lives.”

The four-times Ballon d’Or winner was still voted as the tournament’s best player, despite his star moments predominantly coming in the group stages.

Messi has started 2015 in blistering form, scoring nine goals in seven games for Barcelona of late.

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