Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland

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June 16, 2018

(AP):

Lionel Messi goes into this World Cup under enormous pressure to finally win a major international title. Critics of the Barcelona forward believe that void takes him out of the debate as the best player in the history of the game.

Messi is playing in his fourth World Cup and came close to the title in 2014. Although he was named player of the tournament, Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the final. Messi took Argentina only to the quarter-finals in his first two World Cup appearances.

He turns 31 on June 24 during the group stage, and this could be Messi's final shot at a World Cup title.

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