Messi pre-Copa: "My big dream is to win a title with the national team"

Lionel Messi's won everything with Barcelona but no major trophy with Argentina

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Lionel Messi says his "big dream" is to win a trophy with Argentina as the Albiceleste prepare for their opening game at the Copa America on Monday. 

Argentina face Chile in Rio de Janeiro after emergency hosts Brazil opened the tournament with a 3-0 win against Venezuela on Sunday. 

"My big dream is to win a title with the national team," Messi said in a news conference before the Chile match. 

"I was very close on many occasions but unfortunately it didn't happen. I will keep going until I can't anymore. 

"I've been lucky enough to win everything at a club level and on an individual level and it would be beautiful to win with the national team as well."

Preparations for the tournament have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Argentina were due to host but were forced to give up their rights due to the levels of Covid-19 in the country, while Venezuela's squad suffered an outbreak of the virus before the Brazil game. 

"It worries us because it is a risk for everyone catching Covid," Messi added. 

"We try to be careful but it’s not easy. These things happen. We'll try to do all we can so no one gets it but sometimes it doesn't depend solely on ourselves."

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