Los Angeles: Lionel Messi must shrug off the gruelling demands of a globe-trotting schedule if he is to fulfill his dream of leading Argentina to a first major tournament victory in 23 years at the Copa America Centenario (June 3 to 26).
At both the 2014 World Cup and 2015 Copa America Messi was named the player of the tournament but his team lost in the finals.
It's no wonder then that he hit back angrily at those who questioned his commitment in the wake of last year's Copa America final defeat to Chile, which came 12 months after the Argentines were beaten by Germany in the World Cup final.
"I get annoyed by people who attack you without thinking. We were lucky enough to get to the final of the World Cup and the Copa America and it seems like we didn't do anything. It's not like we lost in the last 16. I want to win everything I play in with the national team. It would be great to win Copa America," he told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports.