Football News: The Argentine heartthrob going into the world cup as top La Liga scorer and as a golden show winner, and his competitor is returning to full fitness.
Messi is mentally and Physically for the big stage.
The Argentine gaffer believes that at this moment Messi is physically and mentally is in a very good state and he is ready to take Argentina to the world cup glory.
Argentina will tackle Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in their group D, as this time La Albiceleste is ready to go one better than their loss against the Germans in the last world cup finals.
Some says last term Messi was half fit in the time of World cup after a average season with Gerardo Martinez but this time he has won several accolades with the Catalan giants and this makes the Argentine manager a optimist person for the world cup.
Yesterday Sampoli named the 23 men’s squad for Argentina.
Sampaoli voiced: "I've talked to Messi and I [found] him very excited about what's coming, physically he's in a good moment,"
Messi’s partner Sergio Aguero did not play a single match for Manchester City since April due to his knee injury but Sampaoli believes that he is fully fit for the upcoming extravaganza.
Sampaoli added: "He is working normally since last week,"
"[Gabriel] Mercado is not going to have any kind of [major problems]. We'll see how [Lucas] Biglia arrives [in camp]."
Argentina struggled in the world cup qualification round, As Messi scored a Hat Trick to get the final ticket for Argentina in Russia, but the Argentine gaffer believes that he chooses those players who can cope out with the pressure of carrying the hopes of Argentine fans to World cup.
He stated: "The World Cup has to be faced without fear, with loftiness, with presence, and those who are more convinced of their game will be closer to the starting line-up,"
"One understands that these players have characteristics that serve us … with time and the desire to play, this will be enhanced, I have great hope and, every time I see them train, the dream grows.
"For me, the objective is to enhance individual characteristics to make a great World Cup.
"If we dare to play, we will be a complex opponent for anyone.
"We are obliged to move an entire country, I hope we can do it the way we want."