Buenos Aires:Football star Lionel Messi has admitted that next year's World Cup in Russia is likely to be his last chance to win a major international tournament for Argentina.
Russia my last shot at World Cup glory: Messi
"People are waiting for this group to leave because it has not won for a long time and those who criticize get tired of always seeing the same faces," Messi told TyC Sports.
"I think it's the last opportunity for this group. There is a lot of excitement. If we do badly, the entire national team will have to disappear. It's going to be very difficult for anyone to continue because we have already been here for a number of years."
Argentina endured a torrid qualifying campaign in South America's CONMEBOL group, only securing a World Cup place in the last match against Ecuador in October with a Messi-inspired 3-1 victory in Quito.
The Albiceleste have been drawn in one of the toughest World Cup groups alongside Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia.