Lionel Messi reveals inspiration to win World Cup

Lionel Messi has revealed his motivation for lifting the World Cup.

Messi has scored three times at the tournament in Qatar, with his latest strike coming in Argentina’s 2-1 win over Australia in the last-16.

That means he is now one goal off becoming Argentina’s joint top-scorer at the competition.

After seeing off Australia, Argentina will face the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Friday, December 9.

Netherlands beat USA 3-1 in their last-16 tie and are expected to prove a stern test for the South American outfit.

Ahead of the game, Messi has revealed that his kids inspire him to win the World Cup:

“From the very beginning, from the first to the final whistle, I’m thinking about them – my children especially as they are growing older,” said Messi.

“They understand it better now, they enjoy it more, the rest of the family was with me in previous World Cups. Thiago was there, but unaware of what a World Cup is, what it is to win or go home in every match. “They are living it inside, seeing how they suffer and enjoy it – it’s spectacular. We’re excited as we all are here, so it’s exciting to be able to enjoy it with them.”

On the win over Australia, he added: “I am very happy to be taking another step forward, achieving another objective,” said Messi.

“It was a very strong and difficult match – we knew it was going to be this way. We didn’t have much time to rest up and we were concerned as we knew it was going to be a physical match and they were very strong.

“Luckily we found the goal and we were one goal ahead, and then two goals ahead. And then we had a setback with the goal – but that’s the World Cup for you, the matches are difficult. But we got the win.”

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