Messi: Having a good World Cup is finishing in the top four

World Cup 2018 By: Ambrose Udeme | 17/05/2018

Argentina talisman Lionel Messi has revealed what stage at the World Cup a team would reach and consider themselves as having a successful campaign.

Messi who single-handedly secured Argentina's qualification to Russia with a hat-trick over Ecuador on the final day of South America's qualifying series was named in Jorge Sampaoli's 35-man provisional squad for the World Cup that was released on Monday.

Messi in an interview with TyCSports about several topics, the 30-year old forward who treated South African fans to his footballing skills during Wednesday's Mandela Cup clash against PSL outfit Mamelodi Sundowns said: "This country minimally deserves to be there because of the history it has, although it cost the last time, we have to come back.

"To make a good World Cup is to be among the first four, to be among the best four, Argentina deserves to be there because of the history it has.

"Although it cost us a lot to get to that instance, I think we have to be there again."

Messi and his troops will begin their campaign in Russia against European side Iceland before taking on Croatia in their second game. Their final game in Group D will be at Saint-Petersburg Stadium against the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday, June 26.