- Lionel Messi has tattooed the World Cup trophy on his right leg to show his intent
- The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner has dreams of winning the tournament in Qatar
- Messi has revealed his desire to retire from international football after the World Cup
Lionel Messi is giving it his all to win the one trophy that has eluded him in an illustrious career that seems to be headed to a glittering end.
The Argentina superstar has been the brightest spot for his country at the World Cup, leading them through to the semi-finals.
Last night at the Lusail stadium, Messi scored and provided an assist as the two-time world champions edged the Netherlands on penalty penalties.
After the match, Messi display a statement of intent after revealing a tattoo of the World Cup on his right leg.
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His dreams are well on course as Argentina set up a clash with Croatia in the last four of the World Cup in Qatar.
Messi has won every trophy at both international and club level except the World Cup.
The seven-time Ballon d'Or winner could finally see his dream come true with two games remaining in Qatar.
Messi celebrates Emi Martinez
The Argentina shot-stopper was the hero of the night after saving the first two spot kicks from the Dutch team to send the South Americans through to the semi-finals of the World Cup.
Messi was once again at his absolute best, providing an assist and scoring to give Argentina a two-goal lead.
Messi slams van Gaal
Lionel Messi was incensed with Netherlands Head Coach Louis Van Gaal after a highly-tempered World Cup quarterfinal match.
Argentina beat the Netherlands on post-match penalties to set up a semifinal date with Croatia but the game was marred by ugly confrontations. Lionel Messi with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal following the FIFA World Cup Quarter-Final match at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.
Nahuel Molina and Messi had put Argentina on their way with a goal in each half only for Wout Weghorst to score a late brace to restore parity. Argentina's goalkeeper Emi Martinez saved two spot-kicks to help his side go through.
Source: Sports Brief News