Mascherano: The pressure is on all of us, not just Messi

The Barcelona stopper says his team-mate is not the only player who will be under intense scrutiny as Alejandro Sabella's men prepare to challenge for glory in Brazil
Barcelona and Argentina defender Javier Mascherano insists it is not only Lionel Messi who is under pressure to deliver at the World Cup this summer.

The 26-year-old has endured a frustrating club campaign in the past season, struggling with injury problems as Barca failed to defend their Liga title and suffered defeat in the Copa del Rey final and Champions League quarter-finals.

Messi now heads to the World Cup in Brazil as captain of one of the pre-tournament favourites, but Mascherano has stressed he is not alone in shouldering the responsibility next month.

"The first objective will be to minimise the number of errors of the team and arrive at the start of the World Cup in the best way possible," he told Ole.

"The pressure in Brazil will be on everyone, not just Messi."

Argentina will face Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iran and Nigeria in Group F, beginning with a match against Safet Susic's side on June 15.