We aren't the best nor the favourites, Messi warns Argentina fans

Iniesta sits alone on the pitch hours after the game

"We're going to leave everything in the World Cup".

"It's fundamental to start the World Cup well, not go insane thinking about a hypothetical final, and think about it stage by stage".

After Mauro Icardi's big season for Inter, the FC crew question his omission from Argentina's 23-man squad for the World Cup.

Runners-up at the 2014 World Cup, Argentina stepped up their preparations for next month's Russian Federation showpiece with a routine 4-0 victory over Caribbean minnows Haiti in Buenos Aires on Tuesday. "The other day I was talking to a friend and he told me "if you had chosen Spain, you'd be a World Cup victor already", but it wouldn't have been the same", he added.

Christian Cueva opened the scoring with a penalty after 37 minutes before Jefferson Farfan doubled Peru's lead with a second two minutes after half-time.

"This year's squad has acknowledged they are underdogs' who need to play not as individuals, but together to take on a tough group, including Argentina and their talisman, Lionel Messi", Musa said.

La Liga titles, Champions League trophies and more, Messi's performances have been dazzling us consistently for over a decade now but one of the main questions that has loomed over his career has been whether he would be able to achieve similar successes at a different club, in a different league.

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"We're not going as favourites because we had a complicated time in the qualifiers, but we are training well and we will give it our all".

The loss against Spain in March and the struggles throughout qualifying have reduced expectations in Argentina.

"But we do not have to throw the message of "we are going to be the world champion because we are the best", because the reality is that it is not like that".

"We're not candidates [to win it] but we're doing well. We can not send the message that we are the best, because that's not true".

'We have good players and we are getting stronger to fight as an equal with anyone'. We can go toe-to-toe with any team.

Nigeria has qualified to five of the last six World Cups. We have to win the first game [against Iceland], that's the most important thing because it will calm things down.

"More than the result we were able to say goodbye to our fans and show that we are going to Russian Federation with hope", Messi said.

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