If Messi leads Argentina to its third world title and first since 1986, it would finally win him a place in the hearts of Diego Maradona’s faithful.
The 33-year-old, a record six-time winner of the Ballon d'Or, has won everything in the club game with Barcelona several times over but his international trophy cabinet looks bare in comparison.
Paris Saint-Germain will have a chance for revenge against Manchester United, who ousted the French club in the last 16 two seasons ago.
In only his second interview since unsuccessfully pushing for a transfer in the offseason, Messi said Barcelona will be stronger if everyone works together to help the club succeed.
Suarez, who is Barcelona's third-highest scorer, joined Atletico Madrid on Thursday.
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi on Monday posted a farewell message for teammate Arturo Vidal, who is set to join Italian club Inter Milan.
Messi decided to stay at Barcelona to avoid a legal dispute with the club after having previously announced he wanted to leave to 'seek a new direction' in his career.
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Messi had been practicing separately from the group since returning to the club on Monday.
On September 4, Lionel Messi published a video message confirming that he would remain at the club for the 2020-21 season.
We always work long-term. Leo Messi is the best player in the world and probably in history.
He practised separately from the rest of the squad because he still needs to undergo a second coronavirus test before rejoining them.
Messi has publicly said he feels betrayed by Bartomeu, who according to Messi had promised him that he could leave for free this summer.
Some two weeks after Lionel Messi told Barcelona that he was intent on leaving, one of the greatest footballers of all time performed a U-turn.