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Messi announces desire to play for Newell's Old Boys

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.

Despite an array of world-class talent up front, only Bolivia scored fewer goals than Argentina in South American qualifying and the importance of Messi can not be overstated.

"To win it with Argentina would be something unique".

"We have to be looking at the quality of our players - and I believe we are going to Russian Federation to do well - and not the quality of other countries' players". We're training hard and we're improving every day. "Quite a few squads are better".

The Albicelestes, who are two-time world champions, had struggled throughout the qualifying campaign but the thoroughly dominating display here should boost their confidence even though the win came against a side that has not qualified for the World Cup.

The victory was Peru's third in a row against European opposition following friendly wins over Croatia and Iceland and will fill them with optimism as they head to their first World Cup since 1982.

Messi left Newell's Old Boys as a teenager for Catalonia, where he has won everything it is possible to win, but has frequently spoken of his childhood dream to return to his first club someday.

"A friend of mine told me that I'd now be a world champion already if I'd played for Spain, but it wouldn't have been the same", he said.

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"But it wouldn't have been the same".

But he said: "From a sporting point of view, I would have preferred to play in Barcelona".

"I always said that I want to play some day in Argentine football", he added.

"It would be Newell's, no one else. I'd like to live that for at least six months, but you never know what's going to happen".

The South Americans are in Group D of the competition with Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria.

"No one should doubt that we're going to give our all, as our supporters demand".

The VAR system will be rolled out for the first time at a World Cup at the June 14 to July 15 tournament in Russian Federation.

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