Sunday, 10 June 2018
Messi Ignores Ronaldo, Names Eight Players He Believe Will Shine At 2018 World Cup In Russia
The icon of Barcelona, widely considered the best game in history, is still frustrated by the lack of success on the world stage with Argentina.
At age 30, Messi's chances to lift the trophy are running out and Jorge Sampaoli's team is seen as outsiders in Russia.
Brazil is the favorite for the title and Messi believes that Neymar and Philippe Coutinho could take the tournament by assault.
However, the striker did not mention Portugal and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo when asked who he thinks will impress.
"Brazil has Ney and Philippe," he told El Mundo Deportivo.
Messi named Andres Iniesta, David Silva, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe as the other players to watch this summer.
He added: 'Spain has Andres Iniesta and Silva. Germany does not have any stars, but they are very solid.
'Belgium has Hazard and De Bruyne. France has Griezmann and Mbappe.
"The tournament is full of very good players."
Messi will hope to take his team to a third victory in the World Cup in Russia after having lost in the final in the 2014 edition in Brazil.
Argentina will start its campaign against Iceland before fighting against Croatia and Nigeria in Group D.