Messi wants World Cup final showdown with Neymar

The Argentina captain is dreaming of leading his side to glory in this summer's tournament by beating his Barcelona team-mate's Brazil at the Maracana on July 13
Argentina captain Lionel Messi is eager for a World Cup final showdown against Neymar's Brazil.

Messi has seen Argentina eliminated in the quarter-finals of both of his previous World Cups, with the four-time Ballon d'Or winner scoring just once in eight appearances at the finals.

World Cup Infographics
Uncover the statistics behind the stars heading to Brazil with our new Unibet infographic series
And the 26-year-old would like nothing better than to lead his side to global glory in Brazil by seeing off a home side led by Barcelona team-mate Neymar.

"It would be a dream to get to the World Cup final," Messi told Sport.

"Hopefully I can play Neymar in the final."

The Barca star has admitted to being hurt by accusations that he does not endeavour to reach the same standards for his country as he does at club level, but he is desperate to lay to rest his earlier struggles with the Albiceleste in Brazil.

"We're really looking forward to the tournament. I think I've learned what I did wrong in previous editions and I don't want to repeat those mistakes," added the 26-year-old.

Argentina begin their Group F campaign against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday, before facing Iran and Nigeria.