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Messi refuses to write off Real Madrid

10 January 2013 14:07

Lionel Messi believes that Barcelona have not won the La Liga title just yet as he feels Real Madrid can never be written off.

The Santiago Bernabeu side currently sit third in the league table, trailing leaders Barcelona by 16 points, but Messi has insisted that the title could still be lost.

"Nothing is settled in La Liga. A few years back Madrid cut our lead drastically. We know you can never write them off," Messi said in an interview with ESPN.

"We need to continue as we are doing and not make the mistake of relaxing."

The prolific attacker then went on to discuss his ambitions with Argentina, and admitted that he dreams of 2014 World Cup glory and hopes fans can support the national side.

"Nothing could compare with winning the World Cup with Argentina. To see everyone lauding the national team would be the best thing," he said.

"Criticism hurts individuals. Being together makes a difference and that is missing for Argentina."

Argentina currently top the 2014 World Cup CONMEBOL qualification section with 20 points from nine games.

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Primera División table

# Team MP D P
1 38 +51 90
2 38 +67 87
3 38 +66 87
4 38 +27 70
5 38 +17 63
6 38 +16 59
7 38 +7 59
8 38 -2 49
9 38 -5 49
10 38 -8 48
11 38 -7 45
12 38 -34 43
13 38 -19 42
14 38 -10 42
15 38 -24 41
16 38 -20 40
17 38 -28 40
18 38 -30 39
19 38 -22 36
20 38 -42 25

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