Sergio Aguero says he wants to win the World Cup with Argentina and become the best player in the world.
The Manchester City striker says that winning the tournament is his “dream” and that, realising it, would go a long way towards securing him legendary status within the game.
When asked if he feels like a ‘crack’ (a Spanish term for a great player), Aguero told La Nation: “Let’s see. I don’t know about that, but I do my best to be one of the best players in the world.
"My dream is to win the World Cup and then be the best player in the world. That would remain in history.”
Describing his role within the Argentina set-up, Aguero explained that his goal is to take some of the pressure off Lionel Messi, whose No.10 shirt he recently had the honour of wearing on account of the Barcelona attacker's current injury problems.
“Messi has a heavier load because everybody expects more [from him],” said Aguero. “I am there to help Leo carry all that responsibility in the national team, and also to help the team.
"We have to divide the responsibility between a few of us. The people want more from us and that’s good: we have to give the maximum to please the people.
“That [No.10] shirt has an owner. Somebody had to use the No.10 [against Peru] and Leo asked me to wear it. But some people even wrote to me [afterwards] and said: ‘What are you doing with the 10?’.
"I told them that the shirt has an owner and that’s Leo. I used it because somebody has to use it for now.”
The 25-year-old was also quick to dispel any rumours about a possible departure from Eastlands, citing his contentment in Manchester as a central reason for his continual improvement as a player.
“The truth is that I’m happy,” he added. “The club treats me very well. It’s very calm - it’s different to being in Spain or Argentina.”
"I’ve always said that in every match, watching or training, you learn things. It’s like in any job, you know what to do or not to do.
"The same happens on the pitch: you think where you have to attack, where you feel comfortable inside the area - it’s like you read where you can make the centre-backs feel uncomfortable.
“You are always improving. English football, for example, being so fast, it allows you to develop your concentration and refine your technique. So every day you’re learning and I feel that I still have plenty to learn.
“The only thing I do is enjoy football, rest, be at home and then go out or walk around or eat in peace. For a player or anybody who is well-known, it’s good not to be afraid of the madness because later, when it’s time to play, it’s important to have a clear head.”