Lionel Messi has issued a rally cry for Argentina to fight to finish off their World Cup campaign bearing only the intention of upstaging the highly-favoured Germany to the much-coveted Gold trophy in mind.
‘La Albiceleste’ star man and top scorer with four goals took to Facebook last night to post a message of inspiration, referring to Sunday’s Maracana final as “the game of our lives.”
No team outside of South America has ever won a World Cup organised on the continent’s soil and Alejandro Sabella’s men threw more light on such reality by edging second runners-up, the Netherlands, 4-2 in a semi-finals penalty shootout, after hosts Brazil had succumbed to the huge attacking prowess of ‘Die Nationalmannschaft.’
Now in the backyard of perennial rivals, who ended their campaign on home ground with sad emotions, Messi, 27, has a glimmer of opportunity to emulate Maradona and Pele as the greatest footballers to ever win the most coveted prize in world football in his hands.
“Tomorrow, we will play the most important match of our lives for our country,” Messi wrote on his official Facebook page. “”My dreams and my hopes are being fulfilled due to the hard work and sacrifice of a team that has given everything from match one.
“We knew it was possible. Our people, the Argentines, they have carried us here. But the dream is not over yet. Tomorrow we want to win, and we are ready!”