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The Real Madrid star admits the competition will be "incredibly difficult" for Alejandro Sabella's men but says he is "willing to die on the pitch" to reach the final

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria has stressed that anything other than winning the World Cup this summer will be considered a failure for Argentina.

The South Americans were last crowned world champions in 1986 when they beat West Germany 3-2 in the final and Di Maria is determined to give their fans a reason to cheer again at this summer's tournament in Brazil.

"If we don't win the World Cup, it will be a failure," the Madrid star told Radio La Red. "This is the reality. The entire world will consider it to be a failure if we don't win the World Cup.

"It will be seven incredibly difficult games. We will have to give our all and do whatever it takes to realise our dream.

"We will have to give it our all and be willing to die on the pitch in order to reach the final and be crowned champions."

Argentina have been eliminated in the quarter-finals at their last two attempts.

Alejandro Sabella's men will have to deal with Nigeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran in the group stages this summer.

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