We don't want to send the message, 'We're going to win the World Cup because we're the best.' because the reality is we aren't.
Lokomotiv Moscow's Jefferson Farfan made it 2-0 from close range in the 47th minute with Millwall keeper Jordan Archer, one of four starting debutants, looking culpable again after his misjudgement had led to the earlier penalty.
"I would change a Barcelona title for the national team. Being a champion with Argentina would be special". It won't be easy, but we have the best player in the history of football and we'll do everything possible to achieve it.More news: Roseanne Barr says sorry to Valerie Jarrett, sitcom's cast, crew, 'liberal' writers
"The World Cup is our dream, the dream of the country".
They face Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria in their World Cup group and are clear favourites to progress. Messi was quick to assess that getting out of the group will not be a cake walk for La Albiceleste.
Valverde's plan was to keep Messi fresh for the latter rounds of the Champions League; however, his team were eliminated at the quarter-final stage following a shock second leg capitulation against AS Roma.
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Jorge Sampaoli's men kick off their World Cup campaign by taking on Iceland on June 16.
Goal-scorer: Lionel Messi smiles after a near miss.
Giovani Lo Celso took advantage of that space, and the combination of the two playmakers was a problem for Haiti's back line and gives Argentina fans hope there is more magic to come with soccer's biggest tournament on the horizon.
La Albiceleste almost missed out on a place in next month's World Cup but for the exploits of the pint-sized magician, as his brilliant hat-trick against Ecuador last October helped guide the nation to Russian Federation, after it looked certain that Jorge Sampaoli's men would fail to qualify.More news: Storm Alberto maintains strength as it approaches Gulf Coast