sport news Lionel Messi reveals he's obsessed with winning World Cup as Argentina prepare ...

Lionel Messi has opened up on his obsession of winning the World Cup, claiming he doesn't want to retire until he's won the biggest trophy in football.

The Argentinian celebrated his 31st birthday on Sunday but insists he will not give up on his dream of bringing the World Cup back to Argentina.

It was back to the drawing board for Jorge Sampaoli's side after they stumbled to a 3-0 defeat against Croatia, leaving them on just one point from their first two matches and in serious danger of being knocked out.

Lionel Messi has revealed he is obsessed with winning the World Cup ahead of Nigeria clash

Lionel Messi has revealed he is obsessed with winning the World Cup ahead of Nigeria clash

The Argentina squad trained with renewed hope after being given a lifeline to progress

The Argentina squad trained with renewed hope after being given a lifeline to progress

Messi was in good spirits as he celebrated his 31st birthday by preparing for Nigeria game

Messi was in good spirits as he celebrated his 31st birthday by preparing for Nigeria game

Messi chats with former Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano during training session

Messi chats with former Barcelona team-mate Javier Mascherano during training session

But since that dreadful result, Argentina have been given a lifeline thanks to Nigeria's win, who they must now beat in their final group game to have any chance of progressing.

Messi was reported in the Mirror as saying: 'It means so much because for Argentina the World Cup is special - and for me

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