Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has admitted that he dreams of winning the World Cup with his native Argentina.
26-year-old Messi, who is widely regarded as the best footballer on the planet, starred for his country last night as they booked their spot at Brazil 2014 with an emphatic 5-2 victory over struggling Paraguay.
The three-time Champions League winner notched twice from the penalty spot as additional efforts from Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, Angel di Maria and Maxi Rodriguez secured a comfortable win for Alejandro Sabella's side.
And following the win, Messi, who has already won 86 caps for his country, has revealed that he dreams of going on to win the tournament.
Speaking after his side secured qualification for the World Cup, he told assembled reporters: "I dream of winning the World Cup. We all do in Argentina. But there is still a long way to go."
Brazil 2014 will be Argentina's 11th consecutive appearance in the competition which they have won on two separate occasions - in 1978 and 1986. Their previous effort, in South Africa three years ago, promised much but ended in humiliation as they were comfortably dispatched 4-0 in the quarter-finals by Joachim Low's rampant German outfit who went on to beat Uruguay in the third-place playoff.
Argentina top the CONMEBOL qualification table, three points clear of Colombia and five points ahead of third-place Chile. With the top four advancing to next year's finals and only two fixtures remaining, La Albiceleste have successfully navigated their way through a traditionally gruelling campaign in the absence of their fiercest foes.