Messi's teammate at Argentina not satisfied with the team's friendly matches

Argentina faced El Salvador and Costa Rica in the last two friendlies during the international break.

By Emmanuel Mendez

Lionel Messi's teammate makes a strong statement on Argentina's recent matches.
Lionel Messi's teammate makes a strong statement on Argentina's recent matches.
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Lionel Messi and the Argentina national team are at the top of the world as they are the current world champions. Many Argentina fans still remember their epic win in late 2022, and the country is very happy with the achievement. Now, the Argentina national team will focus on a new international tournament since the World Cup. Argentina will look to defend the Copa America title that they won in 2021 and go back-to-back this summer in the 2024 Copa America hosted in the United States. Messi and the rest of the Argentina players look forward to the tournament, and they want to give more joy to their people. Argentina has played a few friendly matches in preparation for the tournament during the recent international break, but one of Messi's teammates is not satisfied with the matches in terms of opponents.

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Without Lionel Messi, Argentina defeated El Salvador and Costa Rica quite comfortably in the friendlies that took place in the United States. Argentina is scheduled to have another friendly just days before the Copa America starts. Argentina will play Guatemala on June 14th, and their Copa America opening match will be on June 20th against Canada.

One of Messi's teammates who played in one of the friendly matches this past international break was goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. The World Cup champion spoke in an interview with D Sports Radio about his time with the national team and his thoughts on winning the World Cup trophy in Qatar in 2022. Martinez played in the 3-0 win against El Salvador, where he made one save. Despite the win, Martinez was not satisfied with the level of opponents Argentina had been facing. Martinez said, "No disrespect to El Salvador, but we would have liked to play against a world's top country; we needed a great game in Europe against England or Spain or whoever."

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Emiliano Martinez's thoughts on his World Cup win now

Emiliano Martinez was asked how he felt when he won the World Cup in Qatar for Argentina. Martinez said, "I don't remember who said it on the plane from Qatar to Rome. But he told us: 'Do you realize that we are immortal? Now no one can take the star from you. Years go by, everyone is going to die, and the star is the one who follows.' Even if 180 years pass, they will continue to remember you. That's the beauty of football. They will remember you forever.' Realizing exact that was a shock after the World Cup, it was difficult to sleep thinking about it."

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