Tuesday, 20th May, 2014

Barcelona and Argentina defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano is of the opinion that the nation’s hopes of doing well in the upcoming World Cup rest on his team-mate and compatriot Lionel Messi.

The four-time World Footballer of the Year had a quiet 2013/14 campaign as Barcelona endured a rare barren season.

However, despite injuries and lack of form, Messi managed to score 41 goals in 46 appearances in all competitions for the club, in addition to providing 15 assists.

And Mascherano admitted that Argentina will be relying heavily on Messi to deliver success at the World Cup, and that the nation will be looking to get the maximum out of the 26-year-old during the showpiece event in Brazil.


"If we want to do something big at the World Cup it will depend upon his contribution", the former Liverpool player told LFC TV.

"It's unavoidable; when you have a player like him you're going to use him as much as possible and squeeze as much as possible out of him.”

Messi, who has the experience of playing in two World Cups, has 84 caps and 37 goals for Argentina to his name.

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