Messi is obviously the star at the center of everything and is looking to finally win the World Cup to boost his standing as arguably soccer’s greatest ever player.

“It’s most likely my last World Cup,” he reiterated, “my last opportunity to make my — our — dream a reality.”

By playing against Saudi Arabia, Messi will become the first Argentine player to play in five World Cups — one more than Diego Maradona and Javier Mascherano.

Scaloni has had to contend with injuries to midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and forwards Nicolas Gonzalez and Joaquin Correa in the lead-up to the World Cup.

“No issues whatsoever,” said Messi, who was pictured at practice with extra padding on the inside of his right ankle. “I heard there were rumors of having to miss part of training or be away from the team because of a blow, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary.”

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