- Lionel Messi made his first appearance for Argentina in almost a year
- The 33-year-old scored the only goal of the match in their win over Ecuador
- Messi admitted their performance did not reflect on the result in the victory
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Lionel Messi for the first in almost in a year featured for Argentina in their 1-0 over Ecuador in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier has expressed the importance of victory.
The Barcelona forward scored the only goal of the match via a penalty as the blue and white stripe produced a lacklustre performance.
But the Albicelste continued their eight-match unbeaten streak since their loss to Brazil in the Copa America finals in 2019.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner admitted that they expected a tough game but was the importance of the result was all that mattered.
Messi said post-match:
"We knew it was going to be complicated, but the most important thing is that we won and now we have to work to keep growing.
"It was important to start off with a win because we know how difficult the world cup qualifiers are.
"The matches are always tough. We hoped the level of play would be different but it's been almost a year since we played together, this was our first game back and the nervousness makes it complicated."
"It was a complicated year for what we are living through,"
Argentina will play their next World Cup qualifier on Tuesday and Messi believes need to continue working hard to grind a result.
"Being able to go back and play with the Argentina national team and give happiness to people with the win, beyond the game, serves to decompress. Much strength to all Argentines."
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Messi has had an impressive start in the opening three La Liga season for Barcelona since he changed his mind about seeing out the remaining one year of his contract at the Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Man City are highly favourites to sign Lionel Messi next season if the Argentine refuses to sign a new deal with the club, according to chief operating officer Omar Berrada.
The Etihad outfit were leading in the race to sign the 33-year-old after he submitted a transfer request to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
Several mouthwatering offers were made by the oil-rich Premier League club but Braca insisted that Messi's £630million release clause must be met before he could leave the club.
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