Messi on World Cup woes - I would not change anything in my career

Argentina has not managed to win a World Cup on any of the four occasions Lionel Messi has represented it on football's biggest stage.

The lack of a major international honour remains the glaring absence in Lionel Messi's trophy haul.   -  Getty Images

Lionel Messi insists he would not change anything about his decorated career in order to win a FIFA World Cup.

The lack of a major international honour remains the glaring absence in the Barcelona superstar's trophy haul. He was named player of the tournament at the 2014 World Cup, where Argentina lost the final 1-0 against Germany in extra-time.

Last time around in Russia, a chaotic campaign ended in a 4-3 loss to eventual winner France in the last 16.

Messi will be 35 by the time Qatar 2022 comes around and, in an interview with TyC Sports, he appeared to accept the time for him to claim that elusive piece of history might have passed,

"I would have loved to be world champion," he said. "But I think I would not change anything I had in my career to be one. This is what touched me, what God gave me."

Messi captained Argentina to the semifinals of the Copa America earlier this year, where it lost to host and subsequent victor Brazil. In the previous two editions of the continental tournament, La Albiceleste lost consecutive finals to Chile on penalties.

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