Arsene Wenger: 'Arsenal tried to sign Lionel Messi'

Lionel Messi could be headed stateside for a friendly against the United States in October. More

Lionel Messi could be headed stateside for a friendly against the United States in October. More

For all his success at the club level, for all his individual honours, Lionel Messi is still not the best Argentina has produced according to his own countryman.

Argentina failed to add to their tally but should have been further ahead against Haiti, whose sole appearance at the World Cup finals came in 1974 and are ranked 108th in the world, 103 places below them in the world rankings.

In an interview with Argentine Canal 13, Messi also discussed why he did not take the chance to play for Spain and said that Barcelona will be his only European club.

Lionel Messi scores yet another sensational goal to put Barcelona 3-0 up against Villarreal in La Liga.

Israel finished fourth in Group 7 in qualifying for the World Cup, behind Spain, Italy and Albania.

"I would change a Barcelona title for the national team".

"The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same", added Messi.

"The story of Cesc Fabregas is that Franny Cagiago and Steve Rowley brought the player here and we had to convince him", Wenger told Arsenal's official website.

"I always said I wanted to play in Argentine football one day, I don't know if it will happen but I have it in my mind".

"I am grateful for the way people treat me, but sometimes I just want to go unnoticed", he said. I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen'.

Argentina lock horns with Iceland on June 16, before taking on Croatia five days later and ending their group games against Nigeria on June 26.

Messi compared Croatia to Spain "for controlling the ball, the quality of their midfield players".

"Winning the World Cup is a huge personal challenge for me, for the group [of players Argentina have] and for the country, who have the same dreams as us", he told El Trece.

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