Barcelona forward Lionel Messi reiterated Argentina have a squad capable of challenging for World Cup glory.
The Albiceleste team is flooded with talents and Messi sees that as primary reason for optimism.
The Barcelona Star leads Jorge Sampaoli 23-man delegation to Russia including Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Juventus duo of Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuian.
The South American boast one of the most vaunted attacking fray of the “very even ” tournament that might lead the country to its first triumph since 1986.
Messi accepts the Albiceleste may be not be ranked among the major contenders, but sees their individual quality as providing hope for a successful tournament.
“We are going with great enthusiasm and much desire,”
“We have been preparing very well throughout our training camp. We have great players on an individual level and we will fight as an equal to any team, even if we are not the favourites.”
Messi heads to the World Cup as the reigning Golden Ball winner after leading Argentina to the final in Brazil four years ago.
“I have taken part in three World Cups in three different situations because of how they were played, and in all of them I took positive things,” he said.
“The great favourites will arrive very well in terms of both their team and their individual players. I think it is going to be a very even World Cup.”
Argentina kick off their campaign against Iceland on June 16 before further Group D meetings with Croatia and Nigeria.