Why you should watch every team at the 2018 World Cup

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However, Caniggia, who was one of the stars as Argentina reached the 1990 World Cup final only to fall to West Germany, feels that if the rest of the squad can get their act together, they can be a real threat to the other 31 teams in Russian Federation.

Messi got the home side off to the flawless start in Buenos Aires by netting from the penalty spot in the first half in Argentina's first game since their 6-1 mauling by Spain in March. We're working well, we have players with ability and experience, but we have to take things slowly.

Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has complained that his side have to play their final World Cup warm-up match in Israel.

However, he says he would be willing to forgo another title with the Catalan club if it meant he could finally get his hands on the World Cup trophy.

Barcelona's superstar forward Lionel Messi's departure from Camp Nou has always kept rumour mills abuzz. "We can not send the message that we are the best, because that's not true", he said.

Messi scored a hat trick and set up Sergio Aguero for the other goal as Argentina began their preparations for this summer's World Cup with a resounding 4-0 friendly win against Haiti on Tuesday.

"It becomes more and more clear that Barcelona will be my only team in Europe. That's where it all stems from, but at no time did the thought or any doubts cross my mind". "I would like to do that for at least six months, but you never know what will happen".

In Russia, Argentina will face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in what he called "a complicated group".

Quoted by the BBC, he said: "We're not going as favourites but will give it our all".

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.

The countries have met four times in the World Cup and Argentina have won by one goal every time.