Lionel Messi: Football owes me…

Lionel Messi

Barcelona star Lionel Messi is hopeful ‘football will repay its debt’ to him at next year’s World Cup after losing the 2014 final to Germany, reports footballespana.

The 30-year-old admitted he still feels ‘the pain’ of the defeat in Rio De Janiero and he jokingly agreed with current national team Coach Jorge Sampaoli that football owed him.

“I hope football will repay its debt,” he explained in an interview with FIFA.com.

“I heard what Jorge Sampaoli said. In fact, he even told me himself.”

“I don’t think the pain of the 2014 final defeat to Germany will ever heal, I think I’m just going to have to live with what happened, it’ll always be there.

“The World Cup provides nice memories, but also some very painful ones.”