Argentina legend banks on Messi for World Cup glory - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ayodeji Tunde | 19/12/2017

It has been a long wait for Argentina since winning their second World Cup title as far back as 1986.

The South American giants have however been churning out world-class talents despite the trophy drought.

With the attention now on Russia, it is been said that Argentina can win the 2018 World Cup if Lionel Messi is at his best, according to Juan Roman Riquelme.

After battling through qualifying, Jorge Sampaoli's men are not considered among the strong favourites for Russia 2018 by others.

However, Riquelme – who was capped 51 times by the national team – believes Argentina could contend if Messi performs, having been drawn in Group D alongside Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

"We hope that we do well, that the players do well and above all Messi," the Argentinian told El Trece.

"If the latter happens, Argentina will have many chances to win. If Messi is good, nothing is complicated.

"I don't know Sampaoli. It is important that Argentina can win the World Cup.

 "We want to celebrate and when there are players as important as Messi, you depend on them a lot."