Barcelona superstar Messi was instrumental for his club last season, helping the Catalan giants win an unprecedented treble of La Liga, Copa Del Rey and Champions League.
However, his quest for success on the international stage has so far cruelly evaded him, as Argentina recorded successive narrow World Cup and Copa America final defeats.
While Messi hasn’t quite hit the same heights on the national stage, his performances have still been excellent and the criticism which he has received from the Argentine press is incredibly harsh.
After all, had Gonzalo Higuain not spurned a succession of glorious chances in both finals, the Azulgrana would be kings of the footballing world right now.
Teammate Tevez has full sympathy for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner, blasting his critics.
“Messi suffered a lot from the criticism after the Copa America," he told Spanish paper AS. "It was a great pain for him to lose that final against Chile.
"And after how the press and the Argentine people slayed him in such a manner, of course if I was him in his position, I would have told them all to go to hell and not come again."
Following their Copa America final defeat to Chile on penalties, Argentina have to wait another three years before they get the chance to land a major trophy and a lot can happen between then and now.
In Russia, if Messi decides to participate, he will be turning 31 and there are no guarantees he will be the same explosive player he regularly portrays at the Nou Camp.