Lionel Messi has scored 497 goals for Barcelona and Argentina but there is one that he wishes he never watched fly into the back of the net.
The Argentine scored the opening goal in the 2015 Club World Cup final as Messi clinched his third winners medal thanks to a 3-0 win.
The problem, though, was that the goal came against River Plate.
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The final was played in Japan and Messi is upset that he crushed the dreams of thousands of River Plate fans who had travelled from South America to Asia to watch their team.
“It was the effort of all those people that travelled to Japan, the dream they had,” he told FIFA.
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“And it’s hard for me as an Argentinian to have scored the first goal and ruined all that.
“I didn’t ask for forgiveness but I do feel guilty somehow.”
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Messi’s honesty is admirable but the Argentinians who attended the game probably didn’t even expect their team to win. In fact, most were probably there to watch Messi in action.
Though they might have been upset to see an Uruguayan steal the show. Luis Suarez’s brace sealed a comfortable win for Luis Enrique’s side as they won their fifth trophy of 2015.
Messi is planning Argentina return
Messi revealed earlier this month his desire to return to Argentina when his Barcelona career is over. The Ballon d’Or winner played for Newell’s Old Boys before moving to Spain as a youngster.
He was quoted by The Guardian as telling Argentinian magazine El Grafico: “It’s something that I would still like to do. I don’t know when, but it’s a possibility.
“I haven’t set myself any goals, short or long term, but I’d like to keep playing while my body allows it and I have something to offer the team. When I know that it’s time, I’ll make a decision.”
World Cup dreams
Argentina will be delighted to see their prodigal son return and they’ll be even happier if he comes back a World Cup winner.
Messi has won every major tournament and individual accolade football has to offer but hasn’t been able to win the biggest of them all.
In fact, many are unwilling to declare Messi the greatest player of all time until he wins the World Cup.
He came close in 2014 but Argentina were beaten in extra-time by Germany in the final.
Messi has admitted he has a burning desire to lift the famous gold trophy.
“I prefer to win something with the national team,” he said, per The Guardian. “I am not interested in records. They are there, but that does not make you win titles.
“I get upset whenever we lose with Argentina because I know that we should have won. We did enough to win the World Cup and the Copa América.”
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